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Monday, March 02, 2015

Splinter @ the Bridge present Tipping Point – March 1

James Mainwaring (sax); Matthew Bourne (keyboards); Mick Bardon (bass); Joost Hendrickx (drums). 
(Review by Steve H/Photo courtesy of Ken Drew.)
A British contemporary super group of sorts. Captain Mainwaring of Roller Trio, Mick Bardon of Shatners Basson , Joost Hendrickx of Shiver and Matthew Bourne the doyen of free piano improvisation joined forces to form Tipping Point. The band, a fairly introspective bunch, as is their music at times, communicated with the audience  only via their music (I got to find out the names of the pieces played by asking James to write them down for me at the end of the evening).
 The first piece Rat Bucket was a long, reflective brooder with Bourne creating fascinating effects on the Nord keyboard. The set concluded with an altogether jollier number Equanimity which although it didn’t have the audience dancing on the tables nevertheless had a few people tapping along with enthusiasm. The Second set comprised of 3 pieces Breath, Earthworm Eye View, and Bigsaw Jigsaw although I thought there were only 2!  A lot of the music was fairly reflective and challenging, and at times the band, led by Hendrickx’s  powerful drumming, managed to hit a bit of a groove. A highly enjoyable improvised blues encore concluded proceedings. Not a wild night but always interesting and all the audience members I spoke to seemed to thoroughly enjoy the evening.
Steve H.

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