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Sunday, April 08, 2018

GIJF Day 2: On the Concourse - Sage Gateshead, April 7


Baba: Tom Dixon (alto); Dominica Ostrega (vocal); Ines Gonçalves (piano); Alex Shipsey (bass guitar); Dylan Thompson (drums).
(Review by Lance).
The second of six scheduled free performances on the Concourse (performances one and five to be reviewed separately. Number six was, unfortunately, cancelled).
Baba may be young (as the name implies?) but, already they have made their individual presences known at jam sessions and as part of the various Sage Gateshead educational projects such as Jazz Attack and Jambone. 
Led by Tom Dixon who looked like a battle-scarred veteran in comparision to his youthful charges, blew fine alto - we never expect less from him - and the Portuguese contingent (pianist and vocalist) were worthy ambassadors. Shipsey played bass with a maturity that belied his years as did drummer Dylan of the Thompson Dynasty.
A most enjoyable half hour.

The Nordanians: Oene Geel (viola/vocal); Mark Tuinistra (guitar); Niti Ranjan Biswas (tablas).
An energetic Dutch trio enlivened the afternoon with some generated excitement that included Dutch scat singing as well as impressive guitar licks and viola solos. I say viola because that's what the blurb said but it looked and sounded to me like a violin or else it was a very small viola. So, what - it was fun!

Sunna Gunnslargh (piano). Think of Iceland and you think of Glaciers, Bjork or 2 for the price of 1 takeaway meals. Today, however, when I think of Iceland it will be Sunna Gunnslaugh that I will be thinking of. The Icelandic pianist played a most enjoyable half hour of originals plus her take on Let me Know Before You Go Go.
Nice one.
Lance.

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