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Alan Silva & Roger Turner  -  Fri Sep 14, 2012  |  08:00 pm
Admission £ 8.00 ( £ 6.00 concessions)
THERE can’t be many musicians still around who, during the New York jazz revolution of the 1960s, performed and recorded with such key figures as Albert Ayler, Cecil Taylor, Archie Shepp and Sun Ra . . . but Alan Silva played the bass with all of them, and more.

Those achievements alone could have ensured him a permanent place in the jazz pantheon, but Silva has never been one to rest on his laurels. In the 1970s he relocated to France and began to apply free jazz principles to big band contexts, developing the ideas of Sun Ra through his own Celestrial Communications Orchestra. Then in the ‘90s he moved on again, taking up keyboards because his own bass playing “no longer surprises me”. But he has always insisted that, no matter how radical his approach, it is rooted in the innovations of past masters, and it’s no surprise that one of his most exciting projects is the ‘In The Tradition’ trio with trombonist Johannes Bauer and percussionist Roger Turner.

It’s two thirds of that group that come to the Bridge: years of playing together have created the strongest empathy between the two musicians, allowing free rein to Silva’s uninhibited free funkiness at the synthesisers while Turner eggs him on with a combination of straightahead kit drumming and extraordinary percussive effects.

This gig is made possible with the help of funding from Newcastle City Council