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On This Day: December 14

2009: Jim Birkett Trio w. Sue Ferris @ The Cherry Tree.

Today Friday December 14

Afternoon

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free. Xmas party with Gavin Lee added to line-up.

Swing Manouche - Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. Tel: 03000 269 524. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Evening

Boys of Brass - George Washington Hotel, Stone Cellar Road, High Heworth, Washington NE37 1PH. Tel: 0191 402 9988. 7:00pm. Xmas party night.

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Gosforth Civic Theatre, Regents Farm Road, Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3HD. Tel: 0191 284 3700. 8:00pm. £12.00. + bf. First night of two.

Danny Reed - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE33 1ES. Tel: 0191 454 1234. 7:00pm. £19.95. Xmas swing with Danny Reed.

Classic Swing - Gateshead Fell Cricket Club, Eastwood Gardens, Low Fell NE9 5UB. Tel: 0191 420 0160. 8:00pm. £5.00.

Mike Sanchez & the Portions + Groove-a-matics - The Forum Music Centre, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG. Tel: 01325 363135. 7:30pm. £18.00.

Will Howard Trio - Traveller’s Rest, West Auckland Road, Cockerton, Darlington DL3 9ER. Tel: 01642 468177. 8:30pm. £10.00.

Swamp Hoppers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.

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

Sunday, February 10, 2013

CD Review: Soren Gemmer - at first


This is quite a sublime album. One that I didn't expect to like but I've become quite taken by it.
For once, the press notes tell it like it is and I have no qualms about endorsing them - no it's not a cop-out!
Lance.

The début album of piano player and composer Søren Gemmer, at first, presents an ambitious melodic and harmonic approach to contemporary improvised music. The album stages a love and awe of classical piano music in a context of expressive modern jazz.
at first introduces a fresh new talent in Danish jazz. It features ten original compositions rich in ideas and ingenuity and a quartet of exciting players from the Scandinavian scene. AT FIRST is a diverse musical universe created around the compositional signature of Søren Gemmer:
“On the majority of the compositions I have merged my love and awe of late romantic and modern classical composers with the improvisation, the sound, and the formal concepts of modern jazz. When the need to express and deal with the highs and lows of life imposed itself heavily on me a few years ago, I found myself restricted by what I knew as a jazz pianist.”  
When submerging in the piano music of Prokofiev, Søren Gemmer at one point stumbled upon ‘Visions Fugitives No. 1’. It was the explicit and clear melodic beauty, set against ambiguous and adventurous harmony, that indicated a clear compositional direction. Gemmer’s ‘Stay Silent’ is a tribute to is decisive inspiration:
“Balancing strong melody with eclectic harmonics is my way of engaging in the modern jazz idiom. Not least because I feel that this way around, the genre has a real potential to communicate to anyone seeking an emotional experience from music,” Gemmer explains.The album presents the Søren Gemmer Quartet. Guitarist, Per Møllehøj, and drummer, andreas fryland, who contribute a composition each, are widely 
known on the Danish jazz scene for their versatile yet distinctive playing. Bass player, tapani toivanen, has attracted attention from his work with the Joona Toivanen Trio, who have extensive European live activity and releases on EMI Blue Note and CAM Jazz to their name.
Recorded and mixed by legendary Dutch sound engineer, Chris Weeda, the album offers sonic clarity and finesse on a very high level.
Soren Gemmer: At First is available from February 18.

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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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