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Monday, March 10, 2014

Triptych @ The Cherry Tree, Jesmond


Paul Edis (pno); Paul Susans (bs); Rob Walker (dms).
(Review by Lance)
The name confused me. However, Mr Edis himself informed me that Triptych refers to a set of 3 tablets, painted panels etc. hinged together as per the picture on the left which wasn't taken at the Cherry Tree tonight. My initial thought had been something tripe related! Well I'm pleased to say that there was no 'tripe' on the menu either gastronomically or musically. 
Both the chef and the musicians aspire to, and indeed achieve, much greater things and when Paul Edis is cooking on stage the result is inevitably  haute cuisine at its hautiest.
I started with Smoked duck breast and blood orange salad and hazelnut purée which was almost as good a way to start the evening as How High The Moon in some strange time signature - I think Paul said 7/8! I've encountered drummers who play in 7/8 time but this, I'm sure, was intentional.
Brubeck's It's a Raggy Waltz, I think stuck with a ragged waltz time, Close to You, All Blues (Susans on double bass and not as pictured) all blended nicely with my main course of Roast rump of lamb, purple sprouting broccoli, gratin potatoes and a red current jus. Like the next tune, this dish was Miles Ahead!
For my dessert I chose Ginger and orange crème brulee with dark chocolate shortbread.
Triptych opted for an original, Dark Ages, which did indeed have a dark and doomy eastern feel to it. Percy Grainger's Country Gardens - so often used as a cadenza by jazz musicians and a favourite of pianists of all genres rounded off an enjoyable set.
Triptych - look out for the name which, to be honest, if I didn't know otherwise, wouldn't get me through the door. Shame, as they're an excellent trio - Trio, now there's a good name!
Lance.

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