Let’s take it to The Bridge
As you’d expect from such a virtuoso of the skins Lorraine Baker has placed the drums up front and centre on ‘Eden’, an album in which she pays tribute to the legendary drummer Ed Blackwell. She has re-arranged tunes that he famously played and added exciting modern compositional twists. “I have always admired the dance-like quality of Blackwell’s playing and his strong sense of melody,” say Baker. “I wanted to create my version, taking existing tunes that feature him and reimaging the arrangements in a modern setting while showcasing my own style as an improviser.” Stand out tracks include ‘Dakar Dance’, a drum-heavy, infectious riff-based tune, ‘Thumbs Up’, a raw fusion of progressive rock and Afro groove, and ‘Blues Connotation’, which explodes into hard driving swing after its agitated, edgy introduction. The upstairs room at The Bridge has long since been a fine place to watch jazz and I reckon this gig could go down as one of its truly legendary nights.
Lorraine Baker Quarter, Sunday 11 November, The Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle, 8pm, £8. seetickets.com