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Afternoon

Jazz

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. Tel: 0191 227 5500. 3:40pm. Stanley Nelson's 2019 documentary film.

Evening

Soft Machine - Cluny, Lime St., Newcastle NE1 2PQ. Tel 0191 230 4474. 7:30pm. £17.50.

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Monday, July 14, 2014

CD Review: Pulcinella – Bestiole

Ferdinand Doumerc (saxophones, flute & metallophone), Florian Demonsant (accordion, kaval), Jean-Marc Serpin (double bass & metallophone) & Frédéric Cavallin (drums, metallophone & glockenspiel) + Patrick Vaillant (mandolin) & Daniel Casimir (trombone).
(Review by Russell).
Pulcinella are based in Toulouse, France. On the road the band comprises four musicians, on Bestiole there is the addition of two musicians (Patrck Vaillant – mandolin and Daniel Casimir – trombone). The CD, Pulcinella’s third, is an eleven track journey across such a diverse musical landscape it is difficult to categorise.
The core quartet’s playing credits encompass blues, flamenco, funk, gypsy jazz, hip-hop, jazz funk, rhythm and blues, salsa and tango. The use of metallophone (glockenspiel, vibes) is shared between bandleader Ferdinand Doumerc, bassist  Jean-Marc Serpin and drummer Frédéric Cavallin. Florian Desmonsant plays accordion (the rather obvious Gallic component) and kaval (flute). Serpin’s double bass is straight out of the jazz idiom and Cavallin’s drumming is highly accomplished (track four Sur le pave la lune is a particularly good example of it). Tu parles trop (track eight) is brief, taut, not unlike John Zorn.
La Tarentelle invites fevered Balkan dancing. Forceful rhythms buoy Doumerc’s manic tenor as Demonsant’s accordion jibbers and jabbers, the insatiable party animal. Bestiole concludes with an atypical piece. Envoûtement is a reflective composition. The slow, if not funereal, tempo, skips around a glockenspiel-mandolin nursery rhyme punctuated by Casimir’s sonorous trombone.
Pulcinella are on tour. Their first British date is on July 15 at the Jazz Café, Newcastle. They share a double bill with Troyka. The Match & Fuse circus pitches up in Cardiff (16) and Coventry (17) before the Gallic Four meet up with Brass Mask in London on July 18. Bestiole awaits a release date. Get along to one (or more!) of the gigs and ask the band about its availability. 
Visit: www.pulcinellamusic.comhttp://www.matchandfuse.co.uk/
Russell.
PS: Available via digital download.

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