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Image: Roller Trio by Dave Stapleton

In something of a banner period for exciting new voices in the British jazz circuit, there’s also plenty of more established acts continuing to experiment and push forward beyond traditional boundaries with breath-taking results. Case in point: Roller Trio, the ongoing collaboration of saxophonist James Mainwaring, guitarist Chris Sharkey (formerly of the much missed Acoustic Ladyland) and percussionist Luke Reddin-Williams, continue their exploration of electronic set-ups, modern production possibilities and rhythms and textures from rave culture to mine exciting new sonic pathways. Their most recent album, 2018’s New Devices, was another step forward for the group that found them continuing to push up the intensity and ambition of their compositions whilst still drawing strength from the raw dynamism of the Mainwaring/Sharkey/Reddin-Williams interplay.

On Saturday 7th December, the trio come to Newcastle’s intimate Bobik’s venue above the reopened Punch Bowl Hotel in Jesmond, for an especially up-close performance. If the chance to watch the sparks fly right in front of you isn’t enough, there’s also excellent support from Leeds group J Frisco. Having recently performed at Tipping Point Live and as part of a combined supergroup with local stars Archipelago, their drum-less line-up allows Jemma Freese (keyboards), Lara Jones (saxophone) and Megan Roe (guitar) to explore the hinterlands between genres with ease, producing a fluid sound rich in ambiance and in stunning, crystalline texture.

Roller Trio and J Frisco play Bobik’s, Newcastle on Saturday 7th December


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