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Ben Bryden’s Bright Noise

I’ll get drummed out of the Dumfries and Galloway mafia if I forget to mention that Ben Bryden’s band Bright Noise are playing at Glasgow Art Club this Thursday. The quintet, an international outfit made up of Bryden on tenor, plus fellow Manhattan School of Music students Steven Delannoye (sax, Belgium), Des White (bass, Australia), Mark McKnight (guitar, N Ireland) and Lionel Beuvens (drums, Belgium) will be playing “music characterised by alternative rock influences, odd time signatures and high octane improvisation”. Mark McKnight’s always well worth hearing, so this looks promising. It’s only a fiver, and starts at about 8.15pm

I don’t know what it is about Dumfries these days: it’s not an obvious jazz centre, but in the last few years it’s produced Bryden, drummer John Lowrie and saxophonist Leah Gough-Cooper. The Dumfries Youth Jazz Group must be doing a good job.

Asaf Sirkis Trio

Apologies to the Asaf Sirkis Trio for not having had the time to write a review of what was an enjoyable gig at the Art Club last Thursday. The trio (Sirkis on drums, Tassos Spiliotopolous on electric guitar, and Yaron Stavi on five-string bass guitar) were all excellent players, and sounded really good in a room which I was worried might not cope too well with an electric band.

Here’s a review of a recent London gig by them.