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Monday, January 21, 2013

Gort @ Hexham Jazz Club. January 17

Gort * were astounding at Hexham Jazz Club this week. The trio describe themselves as playing ‘rhapsodic grooving standards and original works’, but they forgot to mention that they are three superb musicians who interact seamlessly and sensitively while adding layer upon layer of interest. This is captivating and infectious stuff for the listener with lots of melody and rhythms to make you smile.
Alan Law (piano), John Pope (double bass) and Jeff Armstrong (drums) are a perfectly balanced trio - they all lead and accompany. And they can all play stupendously fast and clever phrases, but only when the music requires it. Not a show off in sight.
They dissected some standards (One By One) (My Favourite Things), turned them inside out, played around with time and goodness knows what else, but the music was the definite winner.
You are going to have to hear them for yourself to find out if they are your new favourite band. 
*‘Gort’ is the name of the robot in ‘The Day the Earth Stood Still’ – should have been ‘The Day the Earth Moved’.
Hazel Hanley.

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