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Monday, July 27, 2020

Livestream @ the Globe: Archipelago - July 26

Faye MacCalman (tenor sax, clarinet, synths, voice); John Pope (bass guitar, effects); Christian Alderson (drums, percussion)

This was a fine and exciting set of music. I don't say tunes, as that would be giving a very limited impression of what this sort of gig is all about. The influences quoted by the band are jazz, alt rock, blues and folk but the sum of all these parts, and some parts I couldn't define, is greater than the whole. Forget the standard jazz tune, solos, then back to the tune. You get all-sorts with this band, clapping, singing which is sometimes wordless, fragmented snatches of tune, repeated riffs, effects giving the sound of about 6 musicians instead of just 3, and sometimes a calm steady tune and sometimes lively bebop. The band somehow contrive to get cohesion into all of these pieces which are all originals.

For example, the amusing Wake Up Now began with Faye sweetly singing the words of the title and the bass sounding like the ticking of a clock, then stops and starts in the music which suggested a car engine, to my ears anyway, then a strong rhythm from sax and guitar, ending with a sudden stop.

The final piece was very topical, entitled Waiting, all about chaos. This began calmly with clapping in rhythm, singing by John and Faye in harmony, then the song and instruments becoming wilder, fragments of sax, louder, with the sound continuing after the band had stopped playing.  

The sound was good during the music but a bit low for speech so I'm unsure of some of the titles that Faye quoted. The set list was apparently: Picture This; Let Go; Chemical (a real tour de force); Aired; Wake Up Now; new one untitled; The Wide And Dark Sea; Waiting.

I don't think that describing the music further would be any help, you should get on to YouTube to find out more. About 28 people were recorded as watching which means 28 households and the comments box showed much appreciation of the music. I waited patiently for the start on YouTube, to discover after 20 minutes or so that others could see and hear. I had to fiddle with the computer, leaving YouTube and going back in, before I finally accessed the gig, which was a nuisance. Hopefully the Jazz Co-op will eventually sort out these problems. This didn't really detract from the music.
Ann Alex

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