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In the current climate we are doing our best to keep everyone up to date. All gigs, as we all know, are off.

However, good old YouTube has plenty to offer both old and new to help us survive whilst housebound. Plus now is a good time to stock up on your CDs.

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Alternatively, you could do as they do in Italy and sing from your balcony.

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As we all know there are no live gigs taking place in the immediate future. However, any links to jazz streaming that are deemed suitable - i.e. with a professional approach - will be considered for posting.

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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