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Bebop Spoken There

Wolf Kampmann (German jazz historian): “When I first went to hear jazz I was, at 16 years old, the youngest in the audience. Now, at 52, I’m still the youngest,”(Jazz Breakfast blog April 23, 2015).
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Ben Goldberg: “The LP is an object that can’t be pirated. It’s a way to stabilize the process between releasing music and getting paid for it.” – (Down Beat April 2015).

Today Friday April 24.

Afternoon.
RENDEZVOUS JAZZ - Monkseaton Arms, Front St, Monkseaton. 1pm. Free.
Classic jazz in new, just along the street, venue.
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PAUL EDIS & GRAHAM HARDY - Lit & Phil, 23 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SE. 1pm. £4.
Always interesting - quality tpt/pno duo.
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Evening.
MARK WILLIAMS TRIO - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm. £5 (£3 before 8.30pm).
Top guitarist, includes Russ Morgan on drums.
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DARLINGTON JAZZ FESTIVAL - various venues across town until Sunday April 25. Details here.
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ZITA FRITH/STUART COLLINGWOOD - Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. 9pm - midnight. 0191 2331010. Free.
More duo delights in the Redwood Bar.
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INCOGNITO - Hoochie Coochie, 54 Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 6SF. 9pm. £48.
Top soul and funk band. 12 pce. Last here with Chaka Khan.
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VIEUX CARRE JAZZMEN - Royal Hotel, 13 East Parade, Whitley Bay, NE26 1AP. 6pm-9pm. £15. 0191 2524777.
Celebrating the band's 60th anniversary in style.
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JAMES HARRISON - Hillcarter hotel, Hartlepool. 7.30pm. free.
Solo piano gig for 'our boy'. first of three.
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GEORGE SHOVLIN & THE RADARS - Dun Cow, 9 High St. West. Sunderland, SR1 3HA. 8pm. £4.
Blues by the best. Fortnightly - Back May 1.
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- Globe Jazz Bar, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD.
Back tomorrow (April 25) w. The DB Project.
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- Opus 4, Traveller's Rest, West Auckland Rd., Cockerton, Darlington. 8pm. £6.
Monthly - Back May 15 w. Sue Ferris.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

CD Review: In The Country – Sunrise Sunset

Morten Qvenild (Piano); Roger Arntzen ; (Bass); Pal Hausken (Drums)
(Review by Steve).
 Nordic culture is currently enjoying a high profile through  the mediums of Films TV  and Literature. We should also add Nordic Jazz to this burgeoning  cultural  list Jan Garbarek and  Esbjorn Svensson  are perhaps the most established artists of  this genre but this Norwegian Trio ‘In the Country’ are a welcome addition to this growing artistic smorgasbord.
This album is recognisably  Northern European  minimalist, intense, almost modern classical at times able to evoke the Nordic landscape and all its elements..
The CD starts off in a sombre minimalist mode  with Birch Song  and  Derrick I was worried at first that I might be in one of those Norwegian days comprising of 24 hours of darkness. These early tracks however set one up nicely for the oddly named Stanley Park  which starts softly but then really begins to crank it up with some rousing ensemble work before ending  with  a mellow Jarrettesque  piano solo. The next track Silverspring is back to the  minimalist atmospheric style of the earlier  pieces. This is followed by Steelpants which could quite easily be part of a Star Trek soundtrack  with it’s Sci Fi feel. The Fluke a WhalesTail is a sensitive melodic piece which leads nicely into the title track  and for me highlight of the album Sunrise Sunset. The piece starts off slowly as one imagines the sun setting it then  drives furiously to an exhilarating  climax then once the sun has risen subsides returning to a relaxing coda of peace and tranquillity. The album concludes appropriately with December’s Song a dark moody piece signalling  that winter is well and truly with us.
All of this trio display great technique, subtly and sensitivity throughout and the experience is enhanced with the clever use of electronics to create effects such as wind waves and even the dawn chorus.
This may not be an album to party to (unless all your friends are Goths) but it’s certainly a great album to listen to whilst contemplating the world around us and its challenges awaiting.
In the Country - Sunrise Sunset is released on March 11, 2013. 
Steve.

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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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