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Sons of Kemet  -  Sun Oct 14, 2012  |  08:00 pm
Admission £ 8.00 ( £ 6.00 concessions)
AS EARLY as January this year critic John Forham was predicting that Sons of Kemet were “almost certain to dominate the best of 2012 lists”, and every subsequent report confirms the view that this is just about the hottest new band around. The probably unique instrumental line-up of reeds, tuba and double percussion would anyway mark this out as something extraordinary, but it’s the way that leader Shabaka Hutchings uses the forces at his disposal that takes this to a new level.

Shabaka has explained that in the choice of two drummers he was looking to create a ‘tribal’ sound, and it certainly works, with the dream team of Tom Skinner and Seb Rochford conjuring up a rich rhythmic stew without ever getting in each other’s way. But with Oren Marshall’s combination of brassy whoops and nimble bass lines, there are plenty of other elements in the mix, including dancefloor hooks, New Orleans street music and Middle Eastern melodies. Over this maelstrom Hutchings lets rip with staccato fragments and fierce saxophone flights, occasionally cooling the temperature with thoughtful clarinet ruminations.

This is music that combines power and adventure in an incandescent way, and is overwhelming proof that the creative forces of jazz are far from exhausted.

This gig is a co-promotion with Splinter and is made possible with the help of funding from Newcastle City Council