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‘Exceptional British Jazz from drummer Abbie Finn.’_ Chris Philips – Jazz FM.
‘This is a significant milestone in what is sure to be a long, fruitful career.’ and ‘Abbie’s Walkabout, the opening track on the album, could well be the County Durham based musician’s early-career signature tune. Boppish with a subtle swing feel, it’s certainly a confident, introductory statement.’ _ Russell Corbett – Review Bebop Spoken Here.
‘Abbie provides the percussion for some genuinely excellent music. The album is one that jazz aficionados ought to love. The quality is consistent throughout.’ _ Jonathan Coll – NARC Magazine Review.
‘The playing is assured from beginning to end.’ ‘North Meets South’ is, for me, the standout track of the album. I really enjoyed the structure of the tune, the break in the middle with the pared-down playing between drums and bass is simple but very well executed. Harry Keeble’s sax is sure-footed throughout and no one player dominates but each has an opportunity to play their part in making this tune work for the listener.’_ SimplyJazzTalkBlog.
The Abbie Finn Trio is comprised of Abbie Finn – Drums, Harry Keeble – Tenor Saxophone and Paul Grainger – Double Bass. They first met at a jam session at the Newcastle Jazz Cafe on Pink Lane and have been performing together ever since.
The Trio perform regularly around the North-East and further afield. They have featured at Jazz in the round at The Cockpit in London, Newcastle Jazz Festival, Jazz at the Lescar, Durham Jazz Festival, Middlesbrough Jazz Weekender and were due to attend Wigan Jazz Festival before lockdown. In July 2020 they recorded their first album, which was released in November 2020. The album comprises of a mix of brand new original music and also some of the band’s favourite songs. They have been described as ‘A masterclass in straight-ahead jazz’ by Russell Corbett for the Northern Echo after their performance at the 2019 Durham Jazz Festival. Lance Liddle from award winning blog BebopSpokenHere said that the band were ‘As good as it gets.’
The band are featured in the October 2020 edition of Jazzwise in an article talking about the North East jazz scene over the covid period. They also featured in the September 2020 edition of the JazzRag magazine.
The album NORTHERN PERSPECTIVE is the culmination of the Trio’s playing together so far, with a distinctive sound emerging whichever of their varied influences is to the fore on a particular piece of music. It reflects the varied influences of the band and their musical relationships. “Northern perspective is an album in homage to the people of the North East of England. We have been welcomed with open arms onto the jazz scene here by audiences and fellow musicians and are extremely grateful. I’m also grateful for the chance to create an album with these two superb musicians. It has been a pleasure.” – Abbie.
Five of the tracks are compositions by members of the band taking in their interest in everything from post-bop/hard bop jazz of the 1960s through afro-cuban and latin rhythms, through to the more contemporary end of the jazz spectrum. The remaining five tracks are Abbie’s arrangements of tunes by Cole Porter and Johnny Mercer through to Chick Corea and Don Grolnick. The trio take a range of influences and through the original compositions, arrangements of standards and flights of improvisation produce a sound that is The Abbie Finn Trio.
Live outdoor recording by Ray Beckett at J’s and B’s Church garden, Fenham 2020:
Feature on London Jazz Live Radio with Sarah Chaplin.
Feature on The Jazz Lounge Radio with Grace Black.
Northern Perspective album launch gig
Gosforth Civic Gig Review
Post lockdown gig review Hammers and Pincers
The Fox, Hexham Review
Review from The Globe, Newcastle
DJazz Festival Review
The trio have also been featured on BBC Introducing North East (Radio Newcastle), as well as other radios such as JazzFm on Chris Philips and Jez Nelson’s shows.
If you are a venue and would like to put the trio on or require further information, please contact us via the Contact page at the top.
Click here for the Trio’s Instagram page
Thanks to Malcolm Sinclair for the photos
Thanks to Carlo Viglianisi for the top photo