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Saturday 15: Anth Purdy - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm. Free (donations). Purdy’s solo ‘Swing Jazz Guitar’ show. Limited capacity.

Thursday 20: Vieux Carre Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone, North Tyneside NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

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Monday, July 01, 2013

CD Review: Barbacana Barbacana

James Allsopp (tenor saxophone & bass clarinet), Sylvain Darrifourcq (drums, objects & toys), Adrien Dennefeld (guitar & cello) & Kit Downes (organ, keyboard & prepared piano)
(Review by Russell).
An Anglo-French quartet, Barbacana comprises two star names of the new generation of British musicians - Kit Downes and James Allsopp - and two stellar performers from France - Sylvain Darrifourcq and Adrien Dennefeld. The quartet’s debut recording on Babel Label opens with a foursome’s squabble - Animation. A bewildering, frantic patchwork of noise; clattering Darrifourcq, Downes’ keyboard mania, Hawaiian Frisell oddity from Dennefeld (guitar) and the relative restraint of reedsman Allsopp ushers in a calming coda.
Allsopp’s bass clarinet maintains the new found sanity on Steam, guitar becalmed. Switching to tenor, Allsopp resists temptation as Darrifourcq taps out a rhythmic pattern (no takers!). Adobes simmers, slow groove, found and prepared sonics, quickening tempo, then done.
To the title track - Barbacana - and it’s polyrhythmic intro, then done, a mere 1’49 on the clock. Allsopp’s For No Raisin (great title!) lopes along, tenor, morse code guitar, a bayou hinterland. Downes and Allsopp’s Migration-Big BIG shop careers out of control, Allsopp’s tenor takes command, Dennefeld wails, Darrifourcq’s coiled-spring intensity launches a post -Trane workout, exhausted, they give out.
The closing track - Outro - composed by Dennefeld searches for a hook; Downes repeated motif underpinned by bass clarinet, it fades out (Outro).
In summation, Barbacana features stunning musicianship, all of the tunes promise to develop into a grand affair yet resolve to leave the listener wanting more. And in concert hearing of the music of Barbacana is sure to be a fulfilling experience.
Russell.              





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