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The Trio Riot  -  Tue Mar 25, 2014  |  08:00 pm
Admission £ 8.00 ( £ 6.00 concessions)
When Jazz North East booked Trio Riot for a gig at the Bridge in November 2012 we weren't entirely sure what we were getting. We'd heard Sam Andreae with Manchester based bands like HAQ, but Danish saxophonist Mette Rasmussen and Swiss drummer David Meier were unknown quantities. In the event this proved to be one of the revelations of the year, a performance of extraordinary creative variety, and a real endorsement of JNE's willingness to take risks. So when the trio asked about a repeat booking this year, we didn't even hesitate.

The three musicians first met in Helsinki, on the coldest day of the 2009 winter, but the trio pretty soon warmed up when they started to play together, fired by an energy that has its roots in the 'go for it' attitude of 1980s British punk. Their compositions, though, go far beyond three chord thrash, with elements drawn from a mix of 20th century contemporary music and the open structures of Ornette Coleman and other free jazz pioneers. As we heard at the Bridge, all of this makes for music that can move in a range of different directions, aiming for a spontaneity that also feeds off the audience response.

But successfully delivering music of such complexity and unpredictability can only be carried off by artists who listen closely to each other and have complete mastery of their instruments. Sam Andreae, Mette Rasmussen and David Meier tick all the boxes: this may be Trio Riot, but it's a riot that has a definite purpose, a clear direction, and a triumphant conclusion. It's great to welcome them back.