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Billy Eckstine: "I'm a negro performer with a Jewish name." [after being asked what his golf handicap was] - (Mr B by Cary Ginell. Hal Leonard Books 2013 January 2019).

Today Wednesday December 12

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.

Jess Johnson - Park Hotel, Grand Parade, Tynemouth NE30 4ER. Tel: 0191 295 6666. 12 noon. £65.00. & £29.95. Xmas lunch.

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Folk and Acoustic - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. Free.

Jam session - Dun Cow, Brandling Village, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 4RS. Tel: 0191 338 7981. 8:00pm. Free. House trio: Mark Williams, Andy Champion, Russ Morgan.

Community Hall New Orleans Band - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm £3.00.

Swing Street - Pier Red, Castlegate, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1LF. Tel: 01289 309168. 8:00pm. Free.

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson Street, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

Dean James & The Black Dogs - Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 8:00pm. Free.

Big Mellis Mini Band - Sage Gateshead, St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. From 7:00pm. Future Grooves (Music degree students). Multi bill, Sage Two. £5.00.

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

Thursday, September 12, 2013

CD Review: Brass Jaw - Minted

Ryan Quigley (tpt); Paul Towndrow (alto); Konrad Wiszniewski (ten); Allon Beauvoisin (bar) + Michael Owers (tmb final track).
(Review by Lance)
A new album by Brass Jaw is always an event to be celebrated and this one is no exception. The four horns entwine and intermingle during the theme statements as if it was a hip fugue by Bach.  Even during the solos there is often a rich harmonic carpet being laid beneath them. When there isn't it's left to Beauvoisin to provide the underpinnings which he does nonstop - no take five for him, he's a constant and vital presence.
A strong case could be made out in favour of Quigley being, not only, the top trumpet player in the UK, but also an equally talented composer to boot. He provides three of the compositions including the brilliant Imaginary Friend, described as representing an emotional journey across the spectrum of delusion, from innocence to ignorance.
A further four pieces are contributed by Towndrow whose alto playing dazzles throughout. Propeller Beanie, based on the Bill Waterson cartoon strip Calvin and Hobbes, sees Calvin saving up tokens from a cereal packet in order to obtain a hat which he believes will allow him to fly. It doesn't, instead it breaks! The composition exposes and then combines two main themes, one angular and dissonant, the other dreamlike and consonant - it works.
Konrad Wisznieski's sole composition, Little Allegory, is inspired by a painting done by his uncle Adrian, a recognised Scottish artist. It depicts an idyllic country scene. Wisznieski's tenor is agile throughout the disc totally simpatico with the other three.
Beauvoisin, as well as non stop pumping of the baritone, has a couple of charts including the humourous Pulling a Quigley; a composition that pays tribute to the trumpet player's incredible luck which occurs so frequently that the others coined the phrase "Pulling a Quigley", although it was hours of practice rather than luck which led to the ability to blow the lip bursting cadenza at the end -  he really does have a "brass jaw"..
Three non originals - Sunny, Zawinal's Walk Tall and the Mel Tormé hit Comin' Home Baby - also  help to make this high on my CD of the year listings, but perhaps my favourite track is the final Charles Franklin Blues, Paul Towndrow's tribute to  Mingus and Aretha. For this one the quartet is augmented by trombonist Michael Owers who adds the Jimmy Knepper touch.
Minted? MINT!
Lance.
The CD: Brass Jaw - Minted is now available on Scottish jazz label Keywork Records or from the above link.

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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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