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Daniel Erdmann's Velvet Revolution + Charlie Collins & Friends  -  Fri Nov 16, 2018  |  08:00 pm
Admission £ 10.00 ( £ 8.00 concessions)
When we first became aware of Velvet Revolution it seemed like a dream team. Saxophonist Daniel Erdmann, who’s been on JNE’s wish list for ages . . . violinist Théo Ceccaldi, whose trio was sensational at our ‘Paris-sur-Tyne’ event . . . and Jim Hart, who spearheaded the UK’s vibes revival. What potential!

Then we heard them . . . and the potential was more than fulfilled. Erdmann, a self-confessed lover of melody, had been carrying “the sound of a trio in my ear”, and in Ceccaldi and Hart has found the perfect team. His tunes consist of compact melodic statements, narratives that open to free flowing discussion between the participants, with the listener taken on a journey of musical colour, each short piece a jewel that’s peppered with surprises and irrepressible musicality. This is jazz that in it’s quiet way is revolutionary, yet with the warmth and smoothness of the finest velvet.

But before the revolution begins, we start with a set from drummer Charlie Collins and Eun-Jung Kim, a leading exponent of the komungo, or Korean long-board zither. They met when Kim was studying at Sheffield University, and have since played together at every opportunity, forging an improvised language drawing on Western and Eastern traditions. And then, for a second set, the duo expands to a quartet with the addition of brass player Derek Saw and the brilliant Tyneside reeds player Faye MacCalman. This will be first time grouping, and one that’s rich with possibilities.

So, three tremendous sets. And then who knows? Musicians this adventurous are always up for a challenge, so a glorious collective improvisation could be on the cards. Nothing promised, but an intriguing thought!

Tickets are available from Reflex CD (0191 260 3246) or online from