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Today Wednesday January 29

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Blues/Soul/Funk etc.

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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Friday, April 07, 2017

GIJF Day 1: Laura Jurd’s Dinosaur & Daniel Herskedal Trio @ Sage Gateshead - March 31


Laura Jurd (trumpet & synth); Elliot Galvin (keyboards); Conor Chaplin (electric bass); Corrie Dick (drums). + Northern Sinfonia Strings.
(Review by Steve H/photos courtesy of Ken Drew).
Just in case you weren’t sure who was who, one group of players entered the stage suited and booted in black evening wear, whilst the other group of players entered in jeans, tee shirts and wooly hats. I have seen Dinosaur several times and always thoroughly enjoyed their exciting creativity and enthusiasm. Maybe they were intimidated by playing with such an auspicious lineup up, but on this occasion I thought the music although enjoyable was not as exhilarating as on previous occasions. Corrie Dick is normally a really powerful, forceful drummer but he seemed to be playing well within himself. In a previous review, I had said that a rendition of Happy Sad Song was one of the highlights of the year, but on Friday it was good, but nothing special in comparison with the quartet only version. Personally, I thought the best piece was played by the quartet with no strings attached.
I am sure that, as an experience, it will certainly help the band to grow to an even more elevated position in current British circles.
Daniel Herskedal (tuba, bass trumpet); Eyolf Dale (piano); Helge Andreas Norbakken (percussion) + Northern Sinfonia Strings/Woodwind/Brass
The Daniel Herskedal Trio dovetailed seamlessly with the Northern Sinfonia probably due to them being very experienced with this type of collaboration. The tuba is rarely seen in jazz circles and its uniqueness certainly added to the enjoyment. At times the music evoked Scandi Noire to such an extent that I was worried someone might have been murdered in the auditorium. However, it wasn’t all darkness as some light Arabic style rhythms kept things from getting too tense. The music didn’t appear to be very spontaneous or improvised but was, nevertheless, very atmospheric and most enjoyable.
Steve H.

1 comment :

Pam said...

Just been listening to Dinosaur Together as One . Love It. Pam Y