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Page number refers to the Fringe programme
Jazz at Henry's: Quadrant (page 88)
Drams - though the bar has more!
Musicians Paul Harrison (organ); Konrad Wisnieski (tenor sax); Quadrant
Venue Henry's Jazz Cellar (Venue 218)
Address 8 Morrison Street
Reviewer Angus Tully
With the Fringe featuring so many foreigners these days, it is good to see that locals, i.e. Edinburgh people are getting the chance to perform to the larger audiences available in August during festival time. To those who are familiar with Edinburgh's thriving Jazz scene, Paul Harrison will be a familiar name. He can normally be spotted at the back of a band playing what looks like a small 1970's keyboard. In fact, the 'keyboard' is actually an Organ complete with pedals!
Accompanied by Konrad Wisnieski on the Tenor Sax, and with Drums and Guitar too, the "Quadrant" performed mostly music composed by Harrison for the group. Wisnieski is a fine player and no doubt has a bright future, although what was most refreshing was to see that he was not intent on attracting all the attention for himself, unlike so many of his breed!
The band mixed the slow and fast, the latin and funk numbers with style and passion and I'm sure the audience could have listen to them all night. Although, as the gig started at midnight, it felt like we had been listening for quite some time come the gig's end. However, the venue was ideal and it has gigs performing throughout the year, not-to-mention a well-stocked bar! For those who don't like their Jazz excessively loud but enjoy fine solos and a tight ensemble, this band are a must.
© Angus Tully. 17 August 2002
Run: August 8, 15, 22, 29 at midnight (2 hours)
Jock Tamson's Bairns (page 90)
Drams None at all
Venue Royal British Hotel(Venue 217)
Address 20 Princes Street
Reviewer Neil Ingram
After 20 years in the business, some performers run out of ideas, or just rely on the material which made their names. Not so Jock Tamson's Bairns, back for another Fringe show, and though they are still performing a blend of traditional songs and tunes, they manage to make them sound fresh and interesting.
This is a memorable show, full of subtle playing and singing and with a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere. There are many highlights, from the opening set of marches through songs by Robert Burns and Robert Tannahill, sung by Rod Paterson, to more sets of tunes, and traditional songs from east and west Scotland from John Croall. The fiddles of Ian Hardie and Derek Hoy blend with Norman Chalmers' concertinas, and there's a special treat in the final set of reels with a sixth member of the band briefly appearing.
They're only on two evenings a week, but you will have to go far to find a better example of traditional Scottish music, simply played and sung for your enjoyment.
15,16,22,23 August at 22.00
© Neil Ingram 3 August 2002
Jonny Berliner (page 78)
Drams (too hot, short & pricey)
Venue C02, Oxygen (Venue **)
Address Infirmary Street
Reviewer Rez Guthrie
The lead singer of Jonny Berliner seems to model his look on Jeremy Beadle, the drummer seems sensible and well behaved enough, but the puppy-like bassist is acting like a complete radge, set on stealing the entire show. He needs spanked. Their songs are sometimes darkly funny, sometimes raucously funky. They've recorded with an orchestra, they've written the most brilliant Beatles style pop song about stalking, they do a flawless Nick Drake cover. Talent and enthusiasm shine from them.
These are the people who have been leaving pieces of toast all around town as part of their publicity, and even employ a toast tech during their live act. Platter upon platter of the hot, jammy stuff is handed round as they play. I don't fancy it much, it mostly looks a bit pale for my liking, but it all gets eaten, so the audience certainly gets more than its money's worth from the band itself.
At the end of this all too brief set, the sweaty crowd began to dance, desperate for an encore. Sadly, Jonny Berliner couldn't oblige. It wasn't that they were tired from their charity gig for the Sick Children's Hospital the same night, it was that Bar Oxygen charge bands extra if they overrun, even by five minutes or so. Fair enough for the major venues but bad policy when they are already charging what amount to mainstream Festival price for a gig in a tiny completely unairconditioned pub basement. The acoustic in here is unusually good however and the set does sound marvellous. Now if you'll excuse me, I prefer to drink my toast.
© Rez Guthrie 13 August 2002 - published on EdinburghGuide.com
Runs until 23rd August at 11-11.50pm.£6.50/£5.50
Julian Cope (page 82)
Venue The Liquid Room
Address Victoria Street
Reviewer Rez Guthrie
Most rock stars would save the double head guitar for the encore. Julian Cope uses it for the first song. He refers to playing live as 'misusing electricity', and that might be true for some performers, but never him.
He's on stage good and prompt for a three hour solo gig, with no support act and no backing band, his face painted yellow, his right eye a blue circle representing the one eye of Odin. He explains that Odin feeds on female energy, making him a complete man. It certainly seems to work for Cope; He's every inch the Norse god tonight, in stack heeled bike boots and beskirted combat trews, his hair a filthy blond halo.
This is the way he's been doing things for years now and there's nothing wrong with it. I saw him play the Barrowlands near enough ten years ago and what he loses in repertoire through playing solo, he makes up with his hugely entertaining personality, engaging the audience with his own of inspirational spirituality and humour. Some of the more tanked up audience members don't always appreciate this, but Cope is not easily phased. Anyone is free to yell out for their own personal favourite. Switching twixt two semi acoustics and the aforementioned double header, he's sounding good. Effects on the semi make it fullsomely resonant. Lack of drums doesn't make him miss a beat.
There's a curfew tonight, so no encore: Cope is too honest a performer to indulge in fake theatrics. It was a good gig tonight, but I'd really like to see him with a full band again sometime. I missed dancing to these songs.
© Rez Guthrie 24 Aug. 2002
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