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Monday, August 26, 2019

Ushaw Jazz Festival (Day 3 Afternoon Part One) VHB - August 25

Faye Thompson (alto sax); Marko Marsenic (tenor sax); Cameron McArthur (piano/keys); Rebecca Hall (synth bass); Susan Rutter (drums).
(Review by Lance)

After the previous day's invasion by the Birmingham gang, today it was the turn of a contingent from York University to take root in the Francis Thompson Room.

Led from piano/keys by McArthur, the music was very Robert Glasper inspired which is the Holy Grail to some and the devil incarnate to others (note how I pick my metaphors to suit the surrounds). Personally, my feelings lie somewhere in the middle and, all in all, it was an enjoyable set.


Faye Thompson, I presume, isn't  related to the aforementioned Francis who gazed down upon them, if he is, I'm sure he'd have been proud of her. We've been impressed with Faye's playing ever since an initial sit in at the old Jazz Café jam session. On tenor, Mark Marsenic blew some gutsy tenor that also drew the plaudits and I'm not just praising the two saxes because they were wearing Doc Martins...

McArthur appeared to be the leader and wrote most of the music. One piece that was, as yet, untitled had a particularly frenetic ending and when asked for suggestions for a title I almost called out The Fall of the House of Ushaw but seeing the Doc Martins only four feet away I kept schtumm! 

With Rebecca Hall on synth bass and Susan Rutter on drums, girl-power was to the fore and both slotted in admirably, albeit, unobtrusively.

A good start to the final day (I missed out on the family fun earlier - see previous review from Russell).
Lance.

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