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Sloth Racket 2016  -  Sun Oct 02, 2016  |  08:00 pm
Admission £ 8.00 ( £ 6.00 concessions)
Baritone saxophonist Cath Roberts first put together her quintet Sloth Racket at the invitation of Jazz North East, as part of our 2015 'Women Make Music' series. Their debut performance, at the Gateshead International Jazz Festival, was so successful that the band went on to play further gigs, and subsequently went into the studio to record an album 'Triptych'. Now it's great to have them back on Tyneside where it all began.

The music of the quintet, which brings together some of the most adventurous young players from the London and Manchester scenes, starts with Cath's compositions, combining written fragments with graphic notation, while leaving plenty of space for individual and group improvisation so as to explore the balance between freedom and structure. The results range across musical territories from fiery free jazz, to minimal improv textures, to deep grooves. Or, in the words of critic Stewart Smith, "‘an agreeably spicy goulash of free improvisation, grumpy riffs and bluesy themes"!

Tickets for this gig are available from Reflex CDs (0191 260 3246) or online from