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Friday, November 25, 2016

Emma Fisk’s Hot Club du Nord @ King’s Hall. Nov 24

Emma Fisk (violin), James Birkett (guitar), Dave Harris (guitar) & Bruce Rollo (double bass)
(Review by Russell)
Rarely can the King’s Hall have seen a crowd like this. All seats taken, it was standing room only at the back of the hall and down either side, some sitting on the floor. They were there to hear Emma Fisk’s Hot Club du Nord. The quartet recently played a debut concert at Blaydon Jazz Club, evidently, word got around, this is one band you’ve just got to hear. 
Nine numbers in fifty minutes, solos receiving rapturous applause, ‘Vivre le Hot Club!’ Violinist Fisk asked the audience if they were fans of Django and Stéphane. A forest of hands shot up. One nil to Hot Club du Nord. Coquette for openers, the bewitching I’m Confessin’ – Fisk magnificent – and Django’s Belleville. Guitarists Dr James Birkett and Dave Harris (Newcastle University’s programme notes according him his Sunday name – David) shared rhythm duties as one or other took off on fabulous solo flights. The man at the back, Mr Bruce Rollo, slap bass exponent par excellence, surveyed the scene, taking it all in his stride.


Fisk dazzled some more on I’ve Found a New Baby (comp. Palmer-Williams) as diffident music students suddenly ‘got it’. Hollers, whistles, they were into it. McHugh and Fields’ Exactly Like You is something of a masterwork in the hands of Cécile McLorin Salvant or Mello Baku, and, as an instrumental, Hot Club du Nord. Minor Swing never fails, despite, as Fisk said, the tune isn’t really a tune, more a series of three arpeggios. No matter, it’s a must in a Hot Club session. To close, before students dashed to their afternoon lectures, a sure fire winner: Lady Be Good. World class musicians on stage in Newcastle upon Tyne. Check out Hot Club du Nord at www.hotclubdunord.co.uk       
Russell.

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