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Friday, February 06, 2015

Graeme Wilson Quartet @ The King’s Hall, Newcastle University. Feb 5

Graeme Wilson (tenor saxophone), Paul Edis (piano), Andy Champion (double bass) & Adam Sinclair (drums).
(Review by Russell).
A one hour lunchtime set in the King’s Hall from one of the best working units in jazz today, the Graeme Wilson Quartet presented material familiar to many of the quartet’s supporters, and those new to it became instant fans of the music and the musicians. An attentive, near-capacity audience heard six of Wilson’s compositions performed with a rare level of empathy – the result of many a gig together on Tyneside and beyond.
Street of Furs and Pleaseureland – one upbeat, the other mellow – served to illustrate a creative mind at work; Wilson’s instantly recognisable sound heard across a breadth of material. The ballad The Sycamore (one of several Wilson compositions written for and performed by John Warren’s Splinter Group and/or Voice of the North Jazz Orchestra) perhaps took the honours today. The King’s Hall isn’t best suited to drummers (jazz or any other form) and the brilliant Adam Sinclair was heard to best effect using brushes on the ballad. That said, the closing number – Honolulus – despatched any acoustic issues with the most breathtaking, break-neck virtuosity from the Graeme Wilson Quartet.                   
Russell.

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