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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Roller Trio + Legohead @ The Cluny. December 18

(Review by Russell).
A Schmazz Christmas party double bill of Mercury Prize nominees Roller Trio and local heroes Legohead guaranteed a larger than usual turn-out down at the Ouseburn’s premier  music venue. The local lads - Lloyd Wright (guitar), Jon Proud (electric bass) and drummer David Francis - brought along their own following to help boost numbers and they delivered a typically energetic set. Wright’s big chord stretches, riffs and effortless solos wrapped themselves around Jon Proud’s subtle, funking bass lines underpinned by stickman David Francis’ assured performance. The set mixed tunes old (Getaway  Driver - a favourite) and new. A debut CD is on the stocks. It will be available in the early part of next year. Definitely one to add to the collection.
 The headline act returned to Tyneside on the crest of a to-die-for wave of publicity. The Leeds jazz scene had done well to get the word out about Roller Trio. A Bridge Hotel, Newcastle, debut some months ago drew a hard core crowd (fewer than ten!). Word of mouth about that gig and the small matter of being nominated for the 2012 Mercury Prize did the rest. The expectant Cluny crowd (encouragingly a number of younger punters and musicians made the effort to get along) heard a cracking set. 
The trio - James Mainwaring (tenor saxophone), Luke Wynter (guitar) and drummer Luke Reddin-Williams - share certain characteristics with Leeds’ other super star three-piece trio VD; similar instrumentation, the prodigious feat of committing to memory complex music and an amazingly good drummer (trio VD have Chris Bussey, Roller Trio Reddin-Williams). Loud, Mach 10 tempi (with intermittent slower sections offering relief from the hang-on-to your- hats performance) repeatedly drew massive applause. The diminutive Mainwaring punched above his weight aided and abetted by a pedal board, the chilled Wynter (an unintended pun!) twice lit the blue touch paper with stylish, killer solos and at the end of the night it came as no surprise when the stamping of feet, hollering and whistling won an encore. The band’s CD sold well and the boys were only too willing to sign ‘product’ and have a natter with legion fans.
Russell                         

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