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Beck Hunters  -  Sun Jun 08, 2014  |  08:00 pm
Admission £ 8.00 ( £ 6.00 concessions)
With his force of nature dynamism on tenor sax and bassoon - not to mention assorted pipes and whistles - Mick Beck was one of the big hits (and big hitters) at Jazz North East's fund-raising extravaganza in January. His set at the Jazz Café drew enthusiastic comments even from people who are not normally fans of free improvisation, so when he contacted us about returning to Tyneside, we didn't need asking twice.

Active on the scene since 1980, Mick is now one of the elder statesmen of free jazz, having worked with just about every significant player throughout the UK and Europe, but he has always been enthusiastic about collaborating with younger musicians, and the trio Beck Hunters is a prime example of this. The Hunter brothers - Anton on guitar and Johnny on drums - are key figures on the Manchester scene, working across the spectrum from the Beats & Pieces Big Band through the reggae-tinted Skamel to a variety of improv groupings. When they met up with Mick there was an immediate chemistry, with all three pushing the music to ever greater levels of creativity.

Mick Beck seems to thrive in the company of guitar and drums - a previous manifestation Shkrang (with Dave Tucker and Paul Hession) was described as "a twisted heavy-metal avant-garde trio" - so the emergence of Beck Hunters is a welcome new chapter in his wayward career. And we're glad to be able to welcome them to the Bridge for what promises to be an unforgettable gig.

This gig is a co-promotion with 'Splinter @ the Bridge
Photo by Ken Drew