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Alan Wilkinson & Akode  -  Thu Jun 18, 2015  |  08:00 pm
Admission £ 8.00 ( £ 6.00 concessions)
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There can be few more daunting sounds in jazz than that of saxophonist Alan Wilkinson in overdrive, whether it's the headlong flights of his alto playing, the beefier heft he gets from the baritone, or the rumbling power of the bass clarinet, an instrument he's added to his armoury just within the past year. But there's also a highly melodic, almost plaintive side to his work, and this remarkable quartet, with three of the most exciting young players from the Norwegian scene, moves between meditation and madness in a seamless and constantly gripping flow.

Guitarist Johannesen, bassist Høyer and drummer Knedal Andersen are all still in their 20s, but are well established as leading members of the Scandinavian, and the wider European, scene. They first linked up with Alan around five years ago, and the then still nameless group actually played its debut UK gig for Jazz North East in May 2011. Since then they have worked together as frequently as possible, touring widely (including a whirlwind assault on Japan), and honing a remarkable empathy that sees their totally improvised music emerge as from a single mind.

It's good to have them back, giving us a chance to hear just how far their sound has developed. But, knowing Alan (regularly described as "Britain's answer to Peter Brötzmann), we can be pretty sure that the overall approach will remain absolutely full on; indeed, with a following wind, the gig may well be audible in Stavanger!


Tickets for this gig are available from the Jazz Café (0191 222 9882), Reflex Records (0191 260 3246) or online from seetickets.com