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Monday, August 03, 2015

OXYD play Nirvana @ Bridge Hotel, Newcastle - August 2

Julien Pontvianne (tenor sax); Olivier Laisney (trumpet); Alexandre Herer (keyboards); Oliver de Gabriele (bass); Thibault Perriard (drums).
(Review by Steve H.)
As keyboard player, Alexandre Herer, explained at the start of this JNE gig by French band OXYD (en route to Manchester Jazz Festival), anyone expecting a cover/tribute band would be disappointed. This was true but anyone looking forward to an evening of highly charged improvised contemporary jazz would have been only 2 sets from heaven.
Although not that widely versed in their back catalogue, as far as I’m concerned Nirvana were the last truly great rock band, so the prospect of seeing a jazz interpretation of this great music left me a little nervous. I needn’t have worried. Although the influences can be clearly heard, not just with the hard rock drum and bass rhythm section, there were also snippets of Nirvana songs buried within the performance. This though was most definitely a modern jazz gig full of great solos and energy. In fact Oliver Laisney wins my trumpeter of the year award. It appeared that the very sizable audience thoroughly enjoyed the performance and the downside of the evening was that they ran of tunes when everyone would have delighted in hearing more from this exciting outfit - Nevermind  
Steve H.

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