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Nate Smith: "Record labels, booking agents, management, still can't imagine the drummer as bandleader" - (DownBeat January 2019).

Today Thursday December 13

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society - Gateshead Central Library, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead NE8 4LN. 5:00pm. Fortnightly meeting.

Evening

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Holywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. 8:30pm. Free. Sitters in welcome!

Paul Skerritt - Hadrian’s Tipi, Keel Square, Sunderland SR1 3DZ. 6:00pm. Free.

Indigo Jazz Voices - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

Tees Hot Club w. Mark Toomey, Kevin Eland, Bruce Taylor - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free. Christmas Party night.

Lambton Big Band - South Causey Inn, Beamish Burn Road, Stanley DH9 0LS. Tel: 01207 235555. 7:30pm (doors 6:00pm). £15.00.

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

Saturday, January 26, 2013

CD Review: Wayne Shorter - Without a Net.

Wayne Shorter (sop/ten); Danilo Perez (pno); John Patitucci (bs); Brian Blade (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Wayne Shorter makes a mind-blowing return to Blue Note Records 43 years since his trail-blazing albums Speak no Evil and Schizophrenia, to mention but a couple. Now 80 year old, his playing shows no signs of deterioration on this predominantly live recording and he displays a commanding presence soaring above the rhythm section with the the swagger and panache of a latter-day Coltrane and considerably more lyricism.
The live recordings are from concerts on his 2011 European Tour. The exception is the 23 minute long Pegasus recorded in LA by the quartet with The Inami Winds. This is a totally absorbing track, contemporary, yet still within the recognised boundaries of sanity. In places it's almost a classical piece - imagine Mozart on Speed or Bartok not on Speed.
A strange choice is Flying Down to Rio - that's right, the old Fred Astaire number! Well Fred wouldn't be dancing to this version although he might, as I did, enjoy listening to it.
Shorter plays mostly soprano throughout and, whilst I'd like to have heard more tenor, I think this is undoubtedly a pinnacle of soprano saxophone playing. 
Perez is very much an integral part both solo-wise and in the important role of feeding Shorter the ingredients for the master-chef to start cooking. Equally, bass and drums do their bit. No mere time-keepers but adding their own individual lines to the mix.
Welcome home Wayne.
Lance.
Wayne Shorter - Without a Net is due for release on Blue Note on February 4, 2013.

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
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Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
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