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Today Sunday June 16

Birthday wishes to Steve H.

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. Free.

Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 1:00pm (doors 12 noon). Free.

Alice Grace & Ben Helm - Bonbar, Fenkle St., Newcastle NE1 5XU. Tel: 0191 232 8695. 1:30pm.

Jazz Social - Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 4:00pm. Free.

Blues/Funk/Soul

The Panthers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Sour Mash Trio - The Schooner, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3AF. 5:00pm. Free.

Evening

Customs House Big Band - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE33 1ES. Tel: 0191 454 1234. 6:00pm. £13.00. ‘Swing on a Summer’s Evening’. The band’s 20th anniversary concert.

East Coast Jazz Jam - The Exchange, Howard Street, North Shields NE30 1SE. Tel: 0191 258 4111. 6:00pm. Free.

Gerry Richardson Quartet - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £6.00. ( (£3.00. student).

DU Jazz Soc jam session - Fabio’s Bar, Saddler St, Durham DH13NP. Tel: 0191 383 9290. 7:30pm. Free.

Francis Tulip Quartet - Black Bull, Bridge Street, Blaydon NE21 4JJ. Tel: 0191 414 2846. 7:30pm. £7.00. Line-up: Francis Tulip (guitar); Ben Lawrence (piano); John Pope (bass); Matt MacKellar (drums)

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

KAPOK @ Jazz Café - November 28

Morris Kliphuis (French Horn, cornet, synth), Timon Koomen (guitars), Remco Menting (percussion, vibraphone)
(Review/photos by Ken Drew) 
Kapok has an unusual line-up for a trio playing jazz. They have a principal line-up of French horn, guitar and drums, but with the addition of synth, vibraphone and second guitar.
The Dutch band are on a 5 venue tour of the UK, and Newcastle (JNE) was 4th on the tour. Formed in 2011 they soon established themselves as one of the most original and exciting live bands in the Netherlands the through their stylistic versatility.  Jazz is at the heart of everything they do, but their performances segue seamlessly through indie, metal, hip-hop and Americana.

Horn player Morris Kliphuis, guitarist Timon Koomen and drummer Remco Menting last year decided to change their sound. They felt that the chemistry between the trio worked well, so they didn’t add extra musicians but decided instead to add extra instruments. Menting acquired a vibraphone, Koomen brought in a baritone guitar and Kliphuis added synthesiser to his horn and cornet.  Having recently explored new approaches, they build around long mesmerising lines, unusual sound combinations, and the subtle use of electronics to broaden the palette – all of this and more being evident tonight.

The first set was a revelation to first-time listeners of the band, like myself. First tune had such a quiet introduction with perfect harmonies from each player, and a nice melody initially on guitar to introduce the piece, passing over to synth, then cornet (Kliphuis on both) using a subtle and perfectly placed FX (echo) to complete the picture.  All three weaving in and out of the melody, along with sound bytes and improvised segments, and Menting initially on vibes moved onto drums for a brief solo percussion part.  Kliphuis moving again from keys to cornet then onto French horn which took the lead. Then a breakout section - very rhythmic drumming increasing in intensity with guitar & synth not far behind and ending with Koomen’s solo. 30 minutes for the first piece! What an introduction by the band - full of dynamics, prepared riffs and melodies, and a fair sprinkling of improv too. 
Next a gentler piece but with more improvisation. French horn intro leading to guitar solo with a gentle accompaniment from Menting. Then a gentle duo section with French horn and guitar with percussion eventually making his presence known through the sounds of running water (shells on drums) - which were chillingly realistic!  French horn now prominent, using FX to produce a higher register 'organ pipe' sound but still to the underlying sound of running water.  Then with the French horn centre stage, becomes increasingly bluesy, leading to cornet and then Menting on vibes to close the piece. What a superb combination of sounds!

After a short interval came The Missing Link - an early piece which came together nicely in the bands early formation, and was recorded on their first album with a Dutch string quartet
A nice long tune with good interaction between French horn and guitar plus lively drums!   Then a change -  a tune with a groove!  Initially, a French horn solo (played with FX, reminding me of Dennis Rollins' lively t-bone sound, despite it coming from a French horn), adding guitar, then into an improvised section followed by guitar focussing on the groove to the end.

Then the third tune, with guitar introduction accompanied by vibes (bowed and struck) revealing a simple but effectively beguiling soundscape. Then in time, slowly fading back into the rhythmic introduction - with a jaunty tune on French horn. Nice!  And finally, the last piece Ho Hop - another enjoyable piece with a groove.  Rapturous applause led to an encore.  A fast-paced tune, lively & bouncy with main tune led by Kliphuis on French Horn, leading to a tour de force from Menting on drums. Great ending!!  Their enthusiasm and dedication on stage is rewarded by excitement and appreciation in the audience.

Overall.  These young musicians really know their instruments and exactly how they want to sound, moving effortlessly between written and improvised sections, covering a nice range of styles and moods too.  The performance was thoroughly enjoyed by the audience, including two passers-by who chanced taking a seat for the second set, and left uplifted, singing (almost) the praises of this remarkable young band. 

Ken.

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