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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.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

CD Review: Rebecca Harrold - The River of Life

Rebecca Harrold:(pno); Will Ackerman(gtr); Tony Levin (bs); Richard Gates:(bs); Jeff Haynes:(perc); Tom Eaton: (perc); Jill Haley: (English horn); Premik Tubbs (lyricon, sop); Charlie Bisharat: (violin); Eugene Friesen: (cello); Penni Lane: (vocals).
A very listenable disc of original compositions by leader Harrold. Is it jazz? If so, which pigeon-hole does it occupy? In truth, delightful as it is, I don’t think it will be rubbing shoulders on my shelves  between Herbie Hancock and Gene Harris. More likely I’ll file it under bland.. It is just too repetitive. Perhaps it is smooth or easy listening or even – almost - contemporary classical chamber music. But jazz?
Nah!
Still worth a listen if your definition of jazz is looser than mine and certainly worthy of the better class of lift – except on those tracks where the strings and the horns are sent out for the coffees then it becomes more meaningful and less predictable.
A curate’s egg.
Rebecca Harrold: The River of Life is available on the Imaginary Road Studios label.
Lance.

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