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Friday, April 07, 2017

GIJF Day 1: Dean Stockdale Trio @ Sage Gateshead - March 31

Dean Stockdale (piano), Gavin Barras (double bass) & Adam Dawson (drums)
(Review by Russell)
Dean Stockdale’s opening night ‘late night’ performance on the concourse at Sage Gateshead was a difficult act to pull off. Festival concert goers ensconced in the halls were oblivious to a piano trio set of swinging standards and original tunes. Stockdale, regularly working either end of the M6, has a new album on the way and took the opportunity to unveil some of it at this year’s Gateshead Jazz Festival.

Having earlier exited one of the halls your reviewer caught a few numbers by Stockdale and his M6 (west of the Pennines) bass and drums team of Gavin Barras and Adam Dawson. Situated below a concrete ceiling and behind a ‘no access’ tape in front of the stage the trio worked hard to generate an atmosphere. Stockdale previewed several tracks from the forthcoming CD. Pike Place is a tune that Tynesiders have heard on more than one occasion in recent months, it serves to illustrate the composing talents of Stockdale and both Barras and Dawson made a strong contribution to it. The spirit of Oscar Peterson was, and is, ever present in Stockdale’s playing. A performance deserving of a larger audience. 
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