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Saturday, November 14, 2020

Archipelago @ the EFG London Jazz Festival - Nov. 14

Faye MacCalman (comp./sax/clarinet/voice/synth); John Pope (bass/FX/voice); Christian Alderson (drums/perc.).
(photo courtesy of Ken Drew)

"Archipelago take audiences on a genre crushing journey fusing jazz, art-pop and blues folk melodies with cinematic improvisation; creating a sound that is stormy, exciting and unforgettable."

So read the blurb on the festival website and who am I to disagree? Suffice for me to quote from the many favourable comments on the YouTube stream.
"What a band!"
"Positively slaying."
"This is proper class."
"Sounding awesome!"
"Punk gospel!"

Although well outside of my normal comfort zone, it was compelling stuff, particularly on the sections where all Hell was let loose! In fact I found myself drawn almost magnetically towards it - they did the northeast proud and it was hard to comprehend that such endeavour wasn't rewarded with whooping and screaming - emojis aren't quite the same!

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