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Monday, November 12, 2012

Trio Riot @ The Bridge Hotel. November 11

Sam Andreae (tenor saxophone), Mette Rasmussen (alto saxophone) & David Meier (drums)
(Review by Russell)
Tenor saxophonist Sam Andreae lives in Macclesfield, alto saxophonist Mette Rasmussen lives in Trondheim and drummer David Meier lives in Zurich. All three get together rarely and on those rare occasions it’s a riot - Trio Riot, you might say.
The Bridge Hotel audience heard composed pieces rehearsed and committed to memory with the trio having some fun on improvised sections, returning to the head and ending on a succession of entertaining stop-time tom foolery.

Lala-Lala (comp. Meier), Bridge Ballad (named on the night – it has a different title each time it is played!) and Da Da Da Da Da Da Da (or something like that) were commendably brief (John Zorn brevity on occasion). Brevity, humour and searing solo work - Rasmussen’s upper register playing a highlight on Guru - characterised an excellent opening set. An improvisation on Joy Division’s Disorder was picked up by a perceptive listener at the beginning of the second set followed by a fast and furious I’m So Glad It Wasn’t Me (comp. Rasmussen). One of the few pieces demanding the dots be read - Bartstock (comp. Meier) - featured the composer and Rasmussen’s alto in a thrilling exchange. Rasmussen’s Candid confirmed first impressions that her alto playing placed her in the premier league of young improvisers.
A good gig courtesy of Splinter and Jazz North East. Next week - Sunday 18th November – Splinter presents the Paul Baxter Quartet. If you like more straight ahead stuff then this is the gig for you (there is a cracking alto player in the band). Make the effort, its just six quid to get in and the beers are tip-top.
Russell               

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