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Monday, November 12, 2018

Lorraine Baker's Eden - Album Launch Tour @ the Bridge Hotel, Newcastle - Nov. 11

Lorraine Baker (drums); Binker Golding (tenor); John Turville (piano); Paul Michael (bass guitar).
(Review by Lance/ photo courtesy of Ken Drew).
I'd heard/reviewed the CD and knew what to expect. John Turville had replaced Liam Noble for the tour of which this JNE gig was about midway. The keyboarder dug in and ensured that nothing was lost in the exchange. Binker was, well Binker! With or without Moses he's a tenor contender. On bass guitar, Michael laid it down, soloing and supporting effectively.
Baker paid dutiful tribute to her inspiration, Ed Blackwell, and most of the numbers played related to Blackwell and are on the CD. Thus we heard compositions by Ornette Coleman, Don Cherry, Charlie Haden, Karl Berger, Mark Helias plus John Coltrane's Central Park West which I don't think is on the album (the artwork is confusing) but was quite beautiful with Golding in lyrical mode.
The first set was ok but didn't really come totally to life until the final number, Coleman's Blues Connotation, that had our tenor player in full, no holds barred, flight.
An interval chat with Chris Hodgkins and a pint of Doom Bar which seemed appropriate as it's the Cornish brewery Sharps' flagship ale and two of the first three gigs of the tour were in Cornwall. Refreshed, it was then back to the music.
More from the album and some powerhouse percussive moments from the leader that rubber-stamped her qualifications as a drummer to be reckoned with.
If I describe this as, just another day at the office, then I must also qualify it as a 'Friday afternoon day at the office' - if you know what I mean - the dress down, hooray, it's the weekend, day!
Lance.
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