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Ben Williams: "Jaco [Pastorius] is almost like the Charlie Parker of the bass." - (DownBeat November 2018).

Dana Hall: "My philosophy is that everyone in the band is a drummer." - (DownBeat November 2018.)

Today Saturday October 20

Afternoon

NYJO + Tees Valley Youth Big Band - Middlesbrough Town Hall, Albert Road, Middlesbrough TS1 2QJ. Tel: 01642 729729. 3:00pm. £12.00. Middlesbrough Jazz Weekender.

Evening

Big Chris Barber Band - Middlesbrough Town Hall, Albert Road, Middlesbrough TS1 2QJ. Tel: 01642 729729. 7:30pm. £15.00. Middlesbrough Jazz Weekender.

Dinosaur - Middlesbrough Town Hall, Albert Road, Middlesbrough TS1 2QJ. Tel: 01642 729729. 10:00pm. £12.00. Middlesbrough Jazz Weekender.

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Smokin’ Spitfires - Scarth Hall, 5 South Green, Staindrop DL2 3LD. 7:30pm. CANCELLED!

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The Hookahs - 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.

Monday, July 01, 2013

CD Review: Three Fall - Realize.

Lutz  Streun (ten/ bs. clt.); Til Schneider (tmb); Sebastian Winne (dms). (Review by Lance.)
I usually wince when confronted with a CD from mainland Europe and I was sure this young German Trio would be be one of the most winceable ever.
It wasn't!

Admittedly there are moments when I felt a wince coming on but, fortunately, they were few and far between and weren't really winces at all but some rather outré use of harmonics and electronic devices - don't ask me what - that, in their own way, contributed to the music.
My first reaction, once I'd realised this wasn't going to be World War 3, was that this reminded me of the Jimmy Giuffre Trio - the line-up with Bob Brookmeyer rather than Jim Hall  - and it did in a contemporary sort of way. The jerky rhythm and the contrapuntal moments brought back memories of  The Train and the River. In his later years Giuffre was moving closer to the perimeter and I think he'd have approved of Three Fall.
Streun is effective on both tenor and bass clarinet whilst Schneider produces some gutsy sounds that I think his name-sake Moe (Moe Schneider long gone - 1919-1970 - Dixieland trombonist) would have approved of!
The material is a mix of originals and pop/rock covers from Rage Against The Machine; Nirvana and Coldplay. Names I never expected to be seen on this blog but we're moving into a world where music is much more integrated and it is as logical for bands of today to draw from the contemporary music scene as it was for older musicians using the Gasbook.
It's an album the grows on you with repeated playings. It probably won't be my disc of the year but it could be yours!
Three Fall - Realize.is released by ACT Music on July 22
Lance.

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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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