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Cafe date for improv jazz.

A new band and a new venue go hand-in-hand this evening.

Shatner's Bassoon join the growing movement of extreme rock-jazz improv contortion, following in the wake of young bands such as Acoustic Ladyland, Led Bib, Roller Trio, Troyka and Trio VD.

They'll be ransacking a relatively new venue in Birmingham, Cafe Ort, which lies in the outlying region of Balsall Heath. The absurdly dynamic sound of this Leeds quintet eviscerates a storeroom of prior influences that leap from the squawking improv of John Zorn to briefly calming Buddhist chant, then from Weather Report electric piano fusion to frenetic Frank Zappa collage carnage.

Their recent album Aquatic Ape Privilege includes manic tunes such as This Is How You Make A Buck and Someone Killed My Panda.

The line-up features saxophonist Ollie Dover, guitarist Craig Scott, keyboardist Johnny Richards, bassman Mick Bardon, and the double drumming action of Andrew Lisle and Joost Hendickx.

Bardon and Scott also add electronics to their armoury.

Shatner's Bassoon music is as evocative as the band's name. Tonight's gig is the final date in a two-month tour, so they should have turned into an engorged monster by this time.

MARTIN LONGLEY
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Mar 8, 2013
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