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Sunday, June 30, 2019

Emma Fisk's Hot Club du Nord @ Sage Gateshead - June 29

Emma Fisk (violin); James Birkett. Dave Harris (guitars); Bruce Rollo (bass).
(Review by Lance/photo courtesy of Russell).

From the opening bars of Honeysuckle Rose to the final J'attendrai the magic unfolded, taking us back to the days when Django and Stéphane were the toast of Paree. Last night, Emma Fisk and her Hot Club du Nord were the toast of 'Gatesheed'. Yes, the well-attended Sage Two audience showed their approval in no uncertain manner - and so they should, it doesn't get much better than this.

Fisk displays amazing control, Emma doesn't play the violin, the violin is as much a part of her as the hand holding the bow or the fingers that move with such dexterity up and down the fingerboard. Total mastery (if that isn't a gender contradiction!)

Flanked by Birkett and Harris thrashing away on their Maccaferri guitars, and Rollo slapping bass with a gentle subtlety this was gypsy jazz/swing at its finest. However, unlike the original where Django soloed and the other two guitarists played rhythm James and Dave alternated solos to offer contrasting sounds. The former, smoother toned whilst still keeping within the spirit of the music, the latter harder, more metallic sounding. Both ace players blending well together.

No surprises in the repertoire, we knew what to expect and we got just that although it was nice to have a reference to Oscar Alemán, the Argentinian guitarist many rated above Django. It was all great stuff but, for me, the absolute standout out number was A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square dedicated by Emma to her late father. A pin drop moment.

As we left I couldn't help but feel a little patronising towards those folk who'd opted for the B52s in Sage One - if they only knew what they'd missed!
Lance.

Honeysuckle Rose; Body & Soul; Dinah; Del Salle; Blue Drag; HCQ Strut; Nuages; Exactly Like You; Sweet Chorus; Coquette; Oriental Shuffle; Swing 42; Ain't Misbehavin'; I'm Confessin'; Viper's Dream; Crazy Rhythm; Minor Swing; A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square; Sweet Georgia Brown; J'attendrai.

1 comment :

EmmaFiskJazzVio said...

Many thanks for the review Lance - sorry I didn't catch you after the gig! X

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