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Zed-U  -  Mon Mar 28, 2011  |  08:30 pm
Admission £ 7.00 ( £ 3.00 student) ( £ 5.00 concessions)

Cluny 2
WE’VE been trying for at least two years to get Zed-U to the Cluny, but the members of the band are so busy that it’s been hard to pin them down. Reedsman Shabaka Hutchings in particular is in huge demand, his rising star status confirmed last year when he became only the third jazz musician to join the ranks of Radio 3’s ‘New Generation Artists’ (following Gwilym Simcock and Tom Arthurs).
Zed-U has been described as “a band that knows how to make punchy music without the usual clichés”, and they are certainly unlike anything that Schmazz has presented in over a decade of promotions. There’s a strong undertow of dub reggae, driven along by bone-shaking electric bass. But all three musicians just use this as a launch pad for playing that combines burning intensity with a strong sense of melody, with Shabaka’s ferocious tenor playing contrasted with haunting excursions on clarinet. Critic Peter Bacon calls this “music of acute intellectual rigour but also of deep spirit . . . Damn fine!” Damn right!

This gig was a Schmazz promotion