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Monday, June 09, 2014

Beck Hunters @ The Bridge Hotel June 8

Mick Beck (tenor sax, bassoon, whistles); Anton Hunter (guitar); Johnny Hunter (drums).
(Review by Steve H/Photos courtesy of Ken Drew.)
Mick Beck accompanied by the fabulous Hunter brothers, Anton on guitar and Johnny on drums, gave a very challenging performance of improvised free jazz in this JNE "On the Outside" gig at the Bridge Hotel  in front of  a more than reasonable sized and mainly bearded audience.
Beck started the night on bassoon accompanied by Anton using a slide on the neck of the guitar to provide scratchy type noises whilst Johnny assisted with a variety of percussive effects. The number was punctuated with assorted whistles emanating from Beck. 
For the second  number  Beck  picked up his tenor saxophone and blew up a storm.  Anton provided an echoing  wall of  guitar background as the band  began to move through the gears reaching a magnificent crash bang wallop crescendo  of maximum intensity. At the conclusion of this piece Beck informed the audience that this was the end of the first set  but not to worry  a  CD was available to purchase should anyone wish be able to  listen  to the  identical tunes again!
The second set began with an inspired swannee whistle solo (this was the instrument responsible for the voices of the children’s TV programme The Clangers). The guitar and the tenor then seemed to be massaged by their respective players to produce some extraordinary sounds. Once again the band picked it up with ferocious power producing an apocalyptic storm with the addition of recorder, assorted whistles and chanting from Beck. The final piece of the night saw Beck back on bassoon and this piece was a gentler affair than what had gone before, in fact the recorder solo had a distinct classical Japanese feel to it. After a seemingly everlasting note on the recorder a single toot on a football referee’s whistle signified full time and brought  this gig to a sudden and  triumphant conclusion.
Steve H.

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