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Sunday, August 19, 2018

Kinesis + Abbie Finn Trio @ The Globe Jazz Bar, Newcastle - August 18

Abbie Finn (drums); Harry Keeble (tenor); Paul Grainger (bass).
(Review by Lance).
Two sets and both delightful with the addition of Paul Grainger on bass perhaps giving a marginal edge to the second set although some could, and one did, argue either way. Whatever, it's an awesome task to face the world without the cushion of a full rhythm section and/or another front-line instrument.
What am I saying? The young Ms. Finn is a rhythm section in herself! The support she gave the lone figure out front ensured it was never boring allowing him to fly freely with a seemingly endless flow of ideas. A fine mix of standards with a couple of originals - Steam and Machine inspired by the products of a County Durham micro-brewery - thrown in for good measure. Perhaps the Steam Machine Brewing Company also gave them the idea to play Straight No Chaser. The intro to the Monk tune was so complex that too many chasers would have made it impossible to execute with such precise timing.

St. Thomas; Someday my Prince Will Come; Moonlight in Vermont; Softly as in a (Afro-Cuban) Morning Sunrise and the aforementioned Machine. This latter number saw out the first set and
proved that Abbie had passed her A-Level History as she brought Gene Krupa back to life ("Who's she - this Jean Krupa?" I overheard someone say!)
Second set and Mr. PG transforms the Kinesis duo into the Abbie Finn Trio or is it the Harry Keeble Trio?
Equinox; Blue Bossa as a fast samba; Beatrice; Footprints; In a Sentimental Mood; a fast number I didn't recognnise and a fast number that I did recognise - Autumn Leaves.
The show closed with the Black Orpheus Theme and everyone went home happy, content that the future of jazz is in such capable hands.
Lance 

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