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Thursday, November 05, 2015

Dave Milligan Trio @ Brunswick Methodist Church – November 5

Dave Milligan (piano), Tom Lyne (double bass) & Tom Bancroft (drums)
(Review by Russell)
Jazz goes to choich! In a side street off the main drag, culture vultures ventured over to the dark side determined to resist any mumbo jumbo from the wacko deluded oddballs. Brunswick, a melting pot of the comfortable and complacent, the lonely and lost, some killing time, escaping, temporarily, from their main drag dead end job. They have come in from the cold, studiously ignoring the Big Issue vendors, side-stepping the homeless.
Inside, the chapel welcomed the jazz brethren, or rather, the Friends of King’s Hall bods and the dragooned students (out of bed in the nick of time). The Dave Milligan Trio had something of a surprise awaiting them – Newcastle University’s music department went to the trouble of transporting a grand piano to the city centre venue! Milligan’s principal discipline is jazz although he does work cross genre, as do his bass player and drummer. Tom Lyne, Canadian born, but a long time resident north of the border, possesses a real jazz sound; full, resonant, with a great sense of time. The other Tom, Tom Bancroft, has an equally impressive jazz cv together with his interests in the folk world.
The majority of the compositions played in this one hour recital were written by Milligan.  Brubeckian, European classical, percussive dance grooves, the tunes wittily titled – Don’t Just Do Something, Sit There and Going Nowhere to name but two – were well received, although the audience sat on its hands, choosing/failing to acknowledge solos from Lyne and Bancroft, the trio winning polite applause at their conclusion.
Milligan’s playing of a high order, dense, percussive excursions drew in the listener with bass and drums negotiating the charts in an unobtrusive manner. An atypical piece to end the lunchtime recital – a South African township composition – belatedly stirred audience and musicians alike.
Russell

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