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Compassionate Dictatorship  -  Sun Mar 24, 2013  |  08:00 pm
Admission £ 8.00 ( £ 6.00 concessions)
Formed in 2007 by guitarist Jez Franks and saxophonist Tori Freestone (at that time both teaching at Leeds College of Music), Compassionate Dictatorship is an outstanding example of young musicians blending the evolving jazz tradition with more contemporary influences, delivering tricky, complex, but always thoroughly accessible music.

Their only previous Tyneside appearance was at the Cluny in February 2009, when they impressed hugely with an approach that was reminiscent of the great Joe Lovano / John Scofield collaboration, but that also, in its fusion of gutsy rock and more considered jazz influences, had touches of UK band Partisans.

That gig came as part of a tour promoting the band's first CD 'Coup d'Etat': this was followed by a second album 'Cash Cows', with a third, 'Entertaining Tyrants', due for release in the weeks before this Bridge Hotel gig. All three albums demonstrate that this is a band that continues to evolve, both in the confidence of the compositions (all of them written by either Franks or Freestone) and in the imaginative interplay between the two front line instruments.

But it's in live performance that the muscular intelligence of their music can be most fully appreciated, with the interweaving of guitar and horns brilliantly underpinned by bassist Dave Manington (one of the rising stars of the London scene) and the UK's most in-demand drummer James Maddren. It's great to have them back in town after their four year absence.

This gig is a co-promotion with Splinter