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Branford Marsalis: "You talk to the old guys about it [52nd St.], and they say the music part was great. Every other aspect of it [pay, hours, conditions] sucked" - (DownBeat, May 2019).

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Today Sunday April 21

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. Free.

Blues

Beefy La Slap - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Alex Fawcett Band - Tyne Bar, Maling St., Newcastle NE6 1LP. Tel: 0191 265 2550. 4:00pm. Free

Evening

Jazz

East Coast Jazz - Exchange, Howard Street, North Shields NE30 1SE. Tel: 0191 258 4111. 6:00pm. Free. Monthly jam session.

Swing Manouche - Black Bull, Bridge St., Blaydon NE21 4JJ. Tel: 0191 414 2846. 7:30pm. £7.00. Blaydon Jazz Club. Note new, regular start time.

Blues

Sour Mash Trio - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

CD Review: Filipe Monteiro - In Bad Company.

Filipe Monteiro (gtr); Roberto Manzin (ten/sax/clt); Sam Leak (pno); Fergus Ireland (bs); Callum Armstrong (bagpipes); Lewis Wright (dms).
(Review by Lance.)
Let me make this clear - this disc has nothing to do with the rock band Bad Company! It's far too good for that. However, I could see the name being a deterrent to the right customer and an attraction to the wrong one!
The CD is Monteiro's first album and it is an impressive début. Drawing on his memories of living in a small village nestled in the Italian Alps, moving around Europe and Canada, settling in London in 2005 and, of course, his affinity with Brazil. The all but one self-penned compositions create an aura of beauty that reflects in the music. The inclusion of bagpipes may cause a few quizzical eyebrows to be raised but the pipes are not intrusive and contribute greatly to the one track where they are featured.
As well as his compositional skills, Monteiro is no mean guitar player, displaying a wealth of ideas in solos that abound in lyricism. 
Reed-player Manzin has a prodigious technique that he utilises effectively on tenor, soprano and clarinet. On the non-original - Mingus' Duke Ellington Sound - the tenor is full and round with an almost Websterian sensuousness and guitar and tenor combine well in the ensembles. And how about that clarinet on Missing Home? About time we had some new liquorice and this is very tasty liquorice indeed! Some nice piano from Sam Leak on the Mingus piece
Leak, in fact, is a tower of strength throughout and bass and drums gel helping to make this an album to delve into time and time again.
Filipe Monteiro: In Bad Company was released earlier this year. To obtain a copy check here.
Lance.

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