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The Ant Law Quartet  -  Sun Feb 02, 2014  |  08:00 pm
Admission £ 8.00 ( £ 6.00 concessions)
Although this is not actually a Jazz North East gig, we did present the Ant Law Quartet last March, and were so impressed that we're glad to give some publicity to this return visit, being promoted by our friends at Splinter.

Guitarist Law kept a pretty low profile on the jazz circuit when he first moved to London following studies at Edinburgh University and then the Berklee College of Music. But he used his time wisely, developing a personal approach to his instrument (helping to pioneer the 'perfect fourths' tuning system), and writing a raft of distinctive tunes. The period of development certainly paid off: his JNE gig last year was a revelation, and as reports indicate that the band has gone from strength to strength in the intervening period, this new gig, part of the quartet's second national tour, promises to be a real treat.

The high esteem in which Ant's work is held is also reflected in his ability to pull together an A-team of supporting musicians. Tom Farmer is one of the most in-demand bassists on the London scene, while James Maddren is the hottest young drummer to emerge since Seb Rochford. Saxophonist Michael Chillingworth is a less familiar name, but his appearance last year turned heads, drawing praise in the 'BebopSpokenHere' blog for his "lithe and facile technique that enables him to flow through the changes seemingly effortlessly".

Taken together, the four members of the Ant Law Quartet demonstrate that the jazz tradition is still alive and kicking, and in extremely safe hands.