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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Mesmeric Metamorphic Rolls with Røyst @ Newcastle Jazz Cafe - November 20

Metamorphic Laura Cole (Piano); Kerry Andrew (Voice); Chris Williams (Alto Sax); John Martin (Soprano/Tenor Sax); Oliver Dover (Bass Clarinet); Paul Sandy, Seth Bennet (Double Basses) Tom Greenhalgh (Drums).
Røyst Trio  Kari Bleivik, Ceceilie Giskamo , Maria Jardardotti (voices)
(Review by Steve H/Photo courtesy of Mike Tilley).
The collaboration of Laura Cole’s Metamorphic and Norwegian a capella trio Røyst really rocked Newcastle’s go to place for jazz on a Friday night. This night began with short sets from each band: a very folksy a capella offering from the Nordic trio, and a gutsy couple from the octet - the highlight being a wonderful improvised non-lexical vocal from Kerry Andrew.  
The bands then joined forces for a marvellously extended piece which is hard to categorise as there was so much going on folk, contemporary classical, jazz etc. etc. Whatever it was, it was bloody fantastic and at half time the crowd was left on a high. The second half carried on from where the first left off although this time with shorter pieces written by various members of the cooperative. The combinations of 4 voices, 3 horns, 2 double basses*, drums and a piano creating a fascinating, stimulating and most enjoyable offering. If only Newcastle United’s 11 could produce such magic I wouldn’t have had to suffer such a miserable Saturday afternoon after such a wonderful Friday night. 
Steve H  
* Just like London double decker buses you wait ages for a band featuring 2 double basses to come along and then two come along almost at once  (see Friday’s review Peter Ehwald Double Trouble  here .)  

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