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Lance Liddle’s Tyneside jazz blog “Bebop Spoken Here” has a glowing review of a recent gig by Patrick Kunka’s Quartet. This is a Scottish-U.S. band which includes three of the current generation of Scottish Berklee-ites, pianist Alan Benzie, alto player Leah Gough-Cooper and Kunka himself on drums, plus American bass player Dylan Coleman.

The concert was part of a short tour which took them to the northeast of Scotland (Kunka’s originally from Aberdeen), Edinburgh and northeast England, but not alas to Glasgow. There are a couple of video clips of them available, and they sound very impressive indeed.

Here they are at

The quartet have just released their first CD, “The Edge”, on the ShredAhead label. It’s available from the JazzCDs web site (and possibly elsewhere).

Leah Gough-Cooper has some gigs of her own coming up during the Edinburgh Festival, all at Bill Kyle’s Jazz Bar. She’s playing with Graham Robb’s Head2Head (an updated version of Scottish 70s jazz-rock legends Head) tonight and tomorrow. On Wednesday 19th and Sunday 23rd she’s there with her own band, Human Equivalent. This is a fusion outfit which includes both Alan Benzie and Partick Kunka, along with guitarist Ant Law and bassist Kevin Glasgow. There are several clips of Human Equivalent and the Patrick Kunka Quintet on Gough-Cooper’s web site. Definitely worth getting along to if you’re in the area, I think. All these gigs start at 11pm.

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