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Saturday, April 06, 2013

GIJF Day 1 - Soweto Kinch & The Legend of Mike Smith. April 5.

Soweto Kinch (alto & tenor saxophones), Nick Jurd (double bass & electric bass) & Shaney Forbes (drums)
(Review by Russell)
Soweto Kinch arrived at the Gateshead International Jazz Festival with a story to tell - the Legend of Mike Smith. Our eponymous hero is an aspiring MC and on his journey to wherever (Dante’s Inferno perhaps) he encounters/experiences the Seven Deadly Sins.
Kinch played alto sax  to die for, tenor too and entertained hugely with his observational, politically incisive rap lyrics. Drummer Shaney Forbes was the perfect fit for the bandleader’s musical vision; of the generation, complete musical vocabulary, immense left hand snare (a blur!). Bassist Nick Jurd had it down on five string electric and double bass. How did one so young know? Kinch took full advantage of the trio format to improvise a lyric - political, knowing, humourous. Tunes were drawn from the new CD The Legend of Mike Smith. A rap number alternated  with an instrumental, the narrative thread focused the attention, the audience followed willingly this Pied Piper of contemporary jazz. Highlights were many, to choose one or two - Kinch’s party piece rapping freestyle with audience participation (amazing instant composition!), a brilliant swing section and a blistering Traffic Lights had everything. The finale had to be The Healing. A wonderful start to the festival.           
Russell.

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