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Engine Room Favourites  -  Sun Oct 19, 2014  |  08:00 pm
A ten-piece band with four percussionists? Itʼs doubtful that the Bridge has ever heard anything quite like this!

Engine Room Favourites, chosen as one of Jazz Northʼs ʻNorthern Lineʼ roster of leading regional bands, was formed in 2012 by multi-instrumentalist Martin Archer, inspired by the kind of blues-rooted and fiercely energetic experimental jazz that came out of Chicagoʼs AACM back in the 1960s and ʻ70s. Much of ERFʼs music is built around two interweaving layers, with the four percussionists following a detailed score (although with room to manoeuvre within it), while the other six musicians play a variety of themes and improvisations in an order spontaneously triggered by the leader. The outcome is that while the overall structure of each piece remains constant, its internal architecture is never the same twice, with individual improvisations adding yet another element of creative variety.

Itʼs exhilarating to listen to, but it demands musicians with lightning fast reflexes, and for this performance Martin Archer has assembled a cast of hugely experienced players, many of them band leaders in their own right. Mick Beck, Corey Mwamba and Johnny Hunter are already Tyneside favourites, and the rest of the Engine Room operatives add vast amounts of heat and energy to the collective horsepower.

This gig is a co-promotion with Splinter, and is made possible through financial assistance from Jazz North