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Alister Spence Quartet + Paul Taylor  -  Tue Feb 03, 2015  |  08:00 pm
Admission £ 10.00 ( £ 8.00 concessions)
It's an indication of Jazz North East's widespread international reputation that whenever Australian pianist Alister Spence is thinking about visiting the UK, we're the first people he contacts about a gig. And we're always happy to say 'Yes'.

A lifelong resident of Sydney, Alister combines rhythmic excitement, lyrical beauty and elements of free improvisation with such distinctive originality that he is rapidly building a worldwide reputation - a fact reflected in the internationalism of the group he brings to the Recital Room, which in addition to the superb Scottish saxophonist Raymond MacDonald (whose last gig for us was a duo with Marilyn Crispell) is composed of Canadian bassist Joe Williamson and Berlin-based Norwegian drummer Dag Magnus Narvesen. Ray and Joe were with Alister at the Lit & Phil two years ago, in a concert which is still remembered with enthusiasm by everybody who was there, while for Dag this will be a first Tyneside appearance. So, the same, but different - and a hugely welcome return.

There will also be an opening set from Paul Taylor, now firmly established as the most original improvising pianist in the North East. Paul played a similar supporting role for the Walker/McCallum guitar duo back in June, giving a spellbinding performance on the Jazz Café's upright piano. Now we're upgrading him to the University Steinway so that we can hear even more of the richness of his musical imagination.

We are grateful to the International Centre for Music Studies (ICMuS) for their assistance with this gig.