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Randy Brecker: "It's still a thrill for me today to stand out front of a big band as the soloist and hear all that sound going on behind you. It brings the best out of me" - (DownBeat June 2019).

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2019 Parliamentary Jazz Awards

The voting is open between now and May 31 to enable site visitors to nominate their choices in the various categories of this year's APPJAG awards which can be done here.
BSH was very proud to be nominated and to win the 2018 Media Award and hope we can have your support again this year.

Today Wednesday May 22

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Julija Jacenaite & Alan Law - Jazz Café, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 261 5618. 2:00pm. Free. Café Mezzanine (first floor, access via crafts shop).

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Blues

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Friday, November 23, 2012

CD Review: Modern Jazz Quartet - Original Album Series.

John Lewis (pno); Milt Jackson (vbs); Percy Heath (bs); Connie Kay (dms). + Jimmy Giuffre Three,  Beaux Arts String Quartet.
(Review by Lance.)
Another release in Warner Jazz's Original Album Series this time featuring five albums by the MJQ from the early 1960s. I've always viewed the Modern Jazz Quartet with reservations. When they get it right they are on the money and on The Sheriff and Pyramid they do just that. Jackson's vibes are always a delight - a cool mint julep on a sunny day. Lewis, economical, never a note out of place with a very melodic side to his playing - the guiding light. Strangely enough, I think Lewis would also have made a good vibes player. Heath and Kay provide the solid foundation beneath it all.
Lonely Woman is as enigmatic as the title. The four musicians maintain the same high standards but, at times, the tempos drag a little for my own personal taste. Still, I suppose, if you title an album Lonely woman it would be a bit much to expect an up-tempo romp!
The Modern Jazz Quartet & Orchestra  says it all - MJQ with an orchestra. At time pretentious, at other times, quietly swinging, blues tinged jazz with Lewis or Jackson fighting to overcome the orchestration and, to be fair, they usually do. Listening to this one for a second time I have to admit the arrangements - presumably by Lewis (the original LP sleeve has been condensed to CD size meaning it would take a Jodrell Bank telescope to amplify it to readable proportions) don't get too much in the way of the soloists.
However, Third Stream Music/The Modern Jazz Quartet & Guests; The Jimmy Giuffre Three & The Beaux Arts String Quartet is pretension personified. This one didn't cut it for me. Still 4 out 5 isn't a bad deal - you can always use the latter disc as a coaster and the other 4 are well worth the moolah.
Modern Jazz Quartet - Original Album Series is released on December 10, 2012.
Lance.

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