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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Graeme Wilson Quartet @ The Cluny. February 26

Graeme Wilson (tenor saxophone), Paul Edis (keyboards), Andy Champion (double bass) & Adam Sinclair (drums)
(Review by Russell)
The Graeme Wilson Quartet’s debut gig at the Central Bar in October of last year was such a success that it was just a matter of time until there was another outing. Wilson’s talents as a composer made the band an ideal choice for a Schmazz @ the Cluny gig. A  set list of tunes familiar to those who take every opportunity to hear Wilson made for a memorable night down in the Ouseburn. 
Street of Furs, Pontoon (a commission from the Harbour Association of Mull), Searchlight Nevada, one winner after another. The latter number was, perhaps, the first set highlight. Imagine John Coltrane driving through the night to his next engagement. Tyner, Jones and Garrison his companions. Imagine Trane getting lost in the desert. This was majestic tenor playing from Wilson, his band mates Paul Edis (keyboards), Andy Champion (double bass) and drummer Adam Sinclair (hear that hi-hat!) well up to the mark and then some!
Offissa Pupp - playful, funkin’ fun - offered a marked contrast to the Wilson/Trane intensity reverberating in our heads. The first set swung out with The New Wallaw, a Wilson composition inspired by a visit to a  shamefully neglected, crumbling Art Deco cinema in the south east Northumberland town of Blyth.
The second set proved to be just as good as the first. Remara (first heard on Tyneside in an arrangement by John Warren’s Splinter Group), The Sycamore, a ballad referencing Blyth’s lost picture palace, A Toe of Fudge, with constantly shifting rhythms expertly negotiated by the quartet and Pleasureland (Wilson mentions Arbroath, the audience laughs) brought us to the end. Well, not quite. The Schmazz crowd wanted more and they got it. Honolulus dazzled with brilliant playing all round. A cracking band deserving of wider recognition.     
Russell.       

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