Look in the record collections of the young whizz kids emerging from the jazz schools these days and you are just as likely to find albums by Cannibal Corpse or Napalm Death as ones by John Coltrane and Miles Davis.
Two bands which incorporate heavier rock sounds and beats into their improvisational music play a double bill at the Hare & Hounds on Wednesday evening.
This is the last Jazz Club get-together of the year in its new Kings Heath home, and on the bill are Husk and Meatfeast.
The spokesman for Husk is trumpeter Sam Wooster, but do not be fooled by his angelic appearance, nor that of guitarist Jimmy Brewer. Both are monster players and receive some pretty heavy support from bassist Ansley Trigg and drummer Jim Bashford, too.
The band’s Reverbnation entry describes them as mixing “shattering grooves and abstract melody with an experimental spirit that collides to create a challenging and utterly distinctive music”.
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At least Husk still have normal names. Meatfeast, formerly known as Jazz Thrash Assassin, list their influences as John Zorn and Mike Patton’s Mr Bungle, and include among their personnel a singer called Scrote, a drummer called uITgs and a guitarist called Dr G. There is El Baron on guitar, El Baritono on saxophone.
Their bassist is a bit of a disappointment, he’s called Adam.
So don’t forget your ear plugs, and rock on down to the Hare & Hounds for an 8pm start. Entry is £5 and another fiver will get you a Cajun Soul plate.
More information at www.birminghamjazz.co.uk.
Other good gigs this week:
Friday: Saxophonist Sam Crockatt brings his quartet up from London for the Rush Hour Blues session in the Symphony Hall foyer bar. It was this band, with the exceptionally fine Kit Downes on piano, that once prompted me to ask the question: should jazz this good really be available to us, the listeners, for free?
Ask yourself that question if you go – the quality of the music is bound to get you thinking, especially as Kit is in the band again. Yes, it’s free and starts at 5.30pm.
Sunday: Not one big band, not two but three – and all from the Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra stable – will be playing a special Christmas Concert at the Westley Hotel in Acocks Green. It starts at 12.30pm, and there will be a raffle, a bar and bar snacks. Don’t forget to chew in time. More at the MYJO website.
The John Law Trio is at Stratford Jazz’s regular weekly slot in The Chapel at No 1 Shakespeare Street, in Stratford-upon-Avon. The music starts at 8pm, entry is £8. More at www.stratfordjazz.org.uk