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Monday, April 29, 2019

Joe Reid: Postgraduate Recital @ Newcastle University - April 29


Joe Reid (drums)
(Review by Russell)

Postgraduate student Joe Reid (heard recently with the Bold Big Band at the Dun Cow) presented his recital in the purpose-built basement Band Room in Newcastle University's Music Studios. The title of his recital probably gained Reid one mark: Shining a spotlight on the unique relationship between Indian and progressive music. How many marks would be awarded for his performance?

A recital under examination conditions must be a nerve-wracking affair. As Reid readied himself behind his extensive Tama kit his bandmates - Neil Graham (guitar, vocals) and Josh Fascia (bass) - took to the stage in a show of support. Three pieces were to be examined. The first piece - Ergonomic Pepper - proved to be an extended six-part power-prog-thrash workout with guitarist Graham shredding for all he was worth. The headbanging Band Room audience whooped in delight.

The second of three pieces required additional artillery - Murray Wankling (keys) and Will Earl (electric drum kit, tabla) - as Reid tackled Pete Lockett's An Excursion into Ambiguity. This extended version (Reid added sections to the original composition) would involve 'concepts of metric modulation' and the phrasing would 'be structured in 2/4, 5/4 & 23/16...' Your correspondent pondered '23/16'...

Prog Whip (comp. J Reid) would demonstrate 'multiple odd time signatures, subdivisions and note displacement'. Better to simply listen, perhaps the 'note displacement' would be all too obvious...perhaps not. As a power Indian music-influenced prog-rock trio Reid (and co) seemingly passed with flying colours. Our examinee thanked Geoff Hutchinson (drum tutor), Mick Wright and Paul Fleet. 

Now then, about that 23/16 time signature..
Russell
(Lance: I knew a club drummer who often played in 23/16 - he sometimes even managed 29/17. This didn't go down too well with the dancers who were trying to do a waltz - he's since retired and taken up teaching.)

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