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As we all know there are no live gigs taking place in the immediate future. However, any links to jazz streaming that are deemed suitable - i.e. with a professional approach - will be considered for posting.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Elliot Galvin Trio @ Sage Gateshead - October 27

Elliot Galvin (piano); Tom McCredie (bass); Corrie Dick (drums)  
(Review by Steve H)

The first time I saw the Elliot Galvin Trio was just over 4 years ago at The Lit and Phil. Then, the audience was pitifully small and, on entering the Sage’s Hall 2 I had a worrying feeling of déjà vu.  However, all good things come to those who wait and by the time the trio emerged on stage a healthy crowd had built up. Unlike the previous occasion when a variety of different instrument were employed (toy piano, homemade melodeon, glockenspiels etc.) the evening’s performance featured just the classic piano, double bass, drums trio format providing a purely acoustic set.

The first piece performed seemed to encompass a variety of styles and went on unbroken for at least 20 minutes. This was then explained by Galvin at its conclusion - the band’s latest album Modern Times had been recorded straight to vinyl at a studio in Haarlem (The Netherlands not New York) and recorded in one take per side. So in effect we had just been treated to virtually the entire first side of the album.

This was followed by an almost classical piece Fountainhead inspired by a now extinct birds mating call. The piece was poignant and so melancholic that the person sitting next to me whispered ‘with a mating call like that no wonder it died out’.  

The playing from all 3 musicians was exemplary they seemed to be completely in sync with one another and I particularly enjoyed Tom McCredie’s percussive use of the bass. Galvin seems equally comfortable playing blues, swing, classical and is technically superb. It was good to see Corrie Dick again.  He has visited Tyneside on numerous occasions with various band and always produces.

The music, though improvised, is accessible to all. Plenty of ideas abound but there is always enough melody and structure there to keep the ‘straight a header’ happy whilst keeping the ‘free heads’ engaged.

At the end of the gig the audience seemed thoroughly enamoured with the night’s performance a very enjoyable Sunday night indeed.
Steve H

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