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Friday, November 09, 2012

Breach @ Central Bar, Gateshead. November 8

Graeme Stephen (guitar & electronics), Paul Harrison (organ & electronics) & Chris Wallace (drums)
(Review by Russell)
There was an Englishman, a Scotsman and a Canadian…Breach cross borders geographically and musically. Touring the trio’s latest CD Borders gave them the excuse (none needed!) to carry out a border raid from their Edinburgh base. This was a welcome return to Tyneside for three first class musicians. Guitarist Graeme Stephen (the Scot) has developed into a readily identifiable voice moving imperceptibly from melodic swing to dense improvisations and back again across a few bars. Englishman Paul Harrison serves as the touchstone in the band. The classic Hammond sound anchored the band although the temptation to up-anchor and sail into uncharted waters proved irresistible from time to time. Canadian Chris Wallace bristled with technique but showed commendable restraint, simultaneously subservient and integral to the group sound. 
Tunes came from the first CD On the Walk and the new one - Borders – without much in the way of a hard sell from the band. There It Is, The City From the Window, Thirst, Nakendonsko (a traditional folk melody, arr. Stephen) and a particular highlight - Harumph (comp. Chris Wallace) -  made for two great sets. The one discordant note of the evening…the low turn-out. The no.27 bus (see review of Allsorts at Hoochie Coochie) should have dropped off a few passengers at the Central Bar for a pint – they would have heard some rather good jazz. If you’re in London tonight call into the Spice of LifeBreach have a London Jazz Festival date. Lucky Londoners!
Russell.
Editors note. Two Canadian jazz drummers performing within a mile of each other on a Thursday evening must be a first for Newcastle/Gateshead!             

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