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Today Wednesday February 19

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.

Zoë Gilby & Mark Williams - Jazz Café, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 1:00pm. £3.00. Café Mezzanine (first floor, access via crafts shop).

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

After Hours #4: Stéphane Grappelli - Cafédral Durham, Owengate, Durham DH1 3HB. 7:30pm. £5.00. (concs. available). Sonia Rae (violin); Tom Burgess (guitar); Jack Theaker (guitar); Angus Shennan (keyboards); David Byfield (drums) + Clara Falkowska (flugelhorn, violin). ‘The life and work of Stéphane Grappelli’. Durham University Jazz Society event.

Blues/Soul/Funk etc.

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, March 14, 2014

CD Review: Trio Riot Trio Riot

Mette Rasmussen (alto saxophone), Sam Andreae (tenor saxophone) & David Meier (drums)
(Review by Russell).
The eponymous debut CD from Trio Riot, recorded in November 2012, documents the trio’s instant impact as a gigging band. Described as a ‘punk-jazz’ outfit, formed in Helsinki in 2009, inspiration is drawn from twentieth century musics – contemporary composition, jazz, punk and a healthy dose of Zappa irreverence. The opening track – 3 – recalls NYC’s pranksters The Hub; killer articulation, guessing-game switch-back writing. Lala-Lala, heard live on previous tours, develops an irritating hook until Sam Andreae’s rasping tenor briefly breaks free. An audible ‘Yeah’ reigns in the tenor, hook reinstated and they take it out.
Drummer David Meier’s Rondeau adopts the classical form; repetition, twin horn unison work, powerhouse percussion work from the composer. Mette Rasmussen’s I’m So Glad It Wasn’t Me opens with a similar repetitive motif then breaks down into improv mode, returning once more to the hook. Rasmussen’s Candid delivers a further short, insistent riff, the piece itself brief. Stop-start motifs abound on the recording and Bartstock maintains the thread as vigorous blowing is heard atop Meier’s hard-hitting rhythmic patterns. Dadadadadadada doesn’t take itself too seriously – with a title like that how could it? Comic cuts, shotgun drumming, done. 31 embraces an extended free form section (the trio in peak form), a welcome diversion from the strict structures of what has gone before. Joy Division’s Disorder puts a handle on things (the repetitive percussive feel) and The Last Hurrah, mellow, melodic, atypical, closes the album. Trio Riot’s Trio Riot is released on Efpi (www.efpirecords.com) on 17th March. Tour dates include London’s Vortex (March 24), Jazz Café, Newcastle upon Tyne (March 25) and Free Range in Canterbury (March 27).          
Russell.

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