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Today Saturday January 18

Afternoon

Jazz

Early Bird Band - Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SE. Tel: 0191 232 0192. 11:00am.

Evening

Adrian Cox Quartet - Watchtower Gallery, West End, Berwick TD15 2HE. 8:00pm. £10.00. Cox touring new CD ‘Now is Spring’.

Blues/Funk/Soul

Ray Stubbs R & B All-Stars - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Michelson Morley @ The Jazz Café. April 29

 Jake McMurchie (tenor & soprano saxophones, electronics), Will Harris (double bass), Mark Whitlam (drums, electronics) & Dan Messore (guitar)
(Review by Russell/Photos courtesy of Ken Drew).
The Jazz Café’s upstairs performance space hosted Jazz North East’s monthly Schmazz night. Michelson Morley made the journey from Bristol for this, their first date of a nationwide tour. Band leader Jake McMurchie brought with him the just released CD - Aether Drift - which was to prove a popular purchase on the night.

The title track (Aether Drift) opened the show. McMurchie played tenor utilising electronics through an array of pedals. Ad hoc band member Dan Messore (guitar) contributed Damp Squib (the tune anything but) and being his tune, he took a solo! Playing a wide-bodied Hofner he knew his way around the fretboard alright. Solo statements developed out of ethereal soundscapes, McMurchie on tenor or soprano, Messore (guitar). Bassist Will Harris worked a repetitive, minimalist seam (swing at a premium), occasionally surfacing to demonstrate his not inconsiderable chops.
Some of McMurchie’s tunes took as their inspiration an interest in things scientific, some simply had humourous titles - Fringe Shift (think receding hairline) and Rice Rage (think culinary disaster). Fringe Shift shifted through the gears, one of the tunes of the night, McMurchie on tenor, bass and drums taking solos. The other highlight, the closing number of the night - Rice Rage - heard Messore in full flight, so too McMurchie.       
Russell.             

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