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Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Haste/ Kinsella/Noble/Batchelor @ Newcastle University. October 3










Haste (right): Ingrid Laubrock (tenor sax); Hannah Marshall (cello); Veryan Weston (piano).
Kinsella/Noble/Batchelor (left): Lauren Kinsella (voice); Chris Batchelor (trumpet); Liam Noble (piano)
(Review by Steve H/ photos courtesy of Ken Drew.)
Due to the late arrival of the first band who had been taken suddenly hungry in a local restaurant we were treated to an impromptu solo performance from free piano jazz wunderkid Veryan Weston.
A suitably replete Kinsella, Noble and Batchelor trio returned from their gastronomic adventure to take the stage for the first half of the scheduled programme. Kinsella is a vocal virtuoso  using the full range of her voice to improvise extensively. 
At times it felt like she was performing  scenes from a one woman play although the dialogue appeared to be ‘speaking in tongues’ rather than recognizable words.  Noble played his piano literally inside and out whilst Batchelor was not only outstanding on trumpet but with the assorted tubes and plungers he brought along to mutate his sound there was the added bonus that should the need arise he would have all the equipment necessary to unblock any drains. The band completed their set to a great ovation and were persuaded by a more than reasonably sized audience to perform an encore.
I am unable to name any of the tunes they played because as with the headline act there was zero communication with the audience. Neither of the bands introduced its members let alone the pieces they were playing. Maybe as artists they feel their music speaks for itself.
Personally I feel a little interaction between the band and the audience enhances the live experience but as Ronnie Scott once said ‘Quiet please you’re not here to enjoy yourselves’.     
After the interval Haste performed one long piece of ‘Chamber Jazz’ with all three members displaying great virtuosity and inventiveness on their respective instruments Marshall plucking her Cello at times to great aplomb whilst Laubrock produced an array of interesting and exotic sound effects from her tenor. The trio seemed to combine transcendentally and I was quite swept away as I surfed along the improvisational wave. At the end of the show I was left pontificating  as to  just how they managed to create such as a complex interactive piece of work.  To conclude I will improvise on that old English proverb – ‘Music with Haste, Recital a Pleasure’.  
Steve H.

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