5th March A BIG HAND and co

12495162_916083025134174_9125725479191230460_nA BIG HAND
These folks released a pretty amazing CD called BIG HAND (after which I’m reliabley informed the group is now named) in 2009. I think this might be one of their first gigs since then. I’m pretty certain it will be great. See Das Wire review below which sort of compares it to free jazz but ducks out at the last minute.

“Or not like anything else. At all.” is the best part of the review.

“A Big Hand is a meeting of the ecstatic jazz of Sunny Murray saxophonist Tony Bevan and the industrial rumble of Furt/Bark’s Phillip Marks and Paul Obermayer, with Steve Reid bassist Dominic Lash holding the groove in the middle. Like the Sonny Rollins Trio in a tumble-dryer, or Maceo Parker with Konono N°1. Or not like anything else. At all.”


solo drumming from Amsterdam (my lazy comparison/copy algorhythm would read “Imagine the long lost son of Han Bennick raised on a steady diet of marching band music and dutch crust punk going renegade by returning to the (free) jazz fold) but we won’t say that. Just that his solo performances can be intense, inspiring, proper funny and totally awkward. Often at the same time. He also holds down the drum stool on occasions behind (or beside) Marshall Allen, Eugene Chadbourne and Dylan Carlson.


Sam and Dave (A and B) attempt to carve the tonal qualities of saxophone and guitar into the same shimmering line. Andrew (C) plays amazing things on the drums at the same time. In fact only the 2nd ever Manchester gig for this group; since the first one they played in London, Oslo, Gothenburg, Copenhagen, Aarhus, Zurich and Basel so figued it was time to play at home again. Solid tape release on TOMBED VISIONS.


£7 waged £5 unwaged 8pm doors

@ St Margaret’s Church, Rufford Road, Whalley Range, Manchester

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