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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Tetra @ Sage Gateshead - Oct. 26

Julian Argülles (ten/sop); Kit Downes (pno); Sam Lasserman (bs); James Maddren (dms).
(Review by Lance)
Our reviewer, Hugh, said, of Tetra's new CD, "Tetra is a burst of golden sunshine and will warm the listener during the shortening autumn days".
The golden sunshine didn't quite warm my Autumn days. Indeed, at times, it made them even shorter. This was music aimed at the jazz thinker (I know a few). It was cerebral, reflective, searching, probing.
After Sunday night's belter by the Greek at Blaydon, the Spanish sax man went down a different, longer, winding, road. Four musicians of unquestionable ability, when the heat was on they fanned the flames without ever quite making it a furnace.. Downes solo on Nitty Gritty would have been exceptional even without the  harp-like plucking of the piano strings - in fact,  particularly without the  harp-like plucking of the piano strings! Argülles alternated 'twixt tenor and soprano, always walking before he ran but, when he did run, it was Moe Farah set to music. Blowing tenor and soprano tubes brilliantly, albeit not as loosely as he once did, this was music that didn't go immediately for the jugular but, instead, got there eventually.
Lasserman, sound as a pound, and Maddren the man for any gig, any genre, anywhere, combined with the other two to make this a gig that the Hall Two, ground floor, audience thoroughly approved.
Most of the material was from the CD that Hugh reviewed here and perhaps that review gives a better picture of the concert than my own slant - my mind was still at Blaydon!.
Lance.

1 comment :

Hugh said...

Fair enough, Lance - I enjoyed it though...

... and JA is such a nice guy, very easy to talk to!

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