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Claire Martin: "People think that it's the Americans that swing the hardest - I think us Europeans give them a fair run for their money." (Jazzwise March 2019).

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Daniel John Martin w Swing Manouche - The Vault, Hallgate, Hexham NE46 1XD. Tel: 01434 603884. 7:30pm. £15.00.

New Century Ragtime Orchestra - Caedmon Hall, Gateshead Central Library, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead NE8 4LN. Tel: 0191 433 8420. 7:30pm. £15.00. Featuring Keith Nichols, Ruth Lambert. Ticket reservations: 0191 281 4011 or email: ragtimedavekerr-aol.com

Mark Nightingale w Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4461. 8:00pm. £14.20.

Zoë Gilby & Mark Williams - The Rabbit Hole, 17 Hallgarth, Durham DH1 3AT. Tel. 0191 386 5556. 7:00pm. Advance booking advised.

Blues

Phil Davids & the Good Times Band - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

CD Review: Francois Bourassa Quartet Idiosyncrasie

Francois Bourassa (piano, voice), André Leroux (tenor & soprano saxophones, bass clarinet, voice), Guy Boisvert (double bass, voice) & Philippe Melanson (drums)
(Review by Russell).
Canadian pianist Francois Bourassa recorded Idiosyncrasie in 2011. The participating  musicians are long time associates, firmly established on the jazz scene in Canada and beyond. The album explores the links between contemporary jazz and twentieth century composers such as Berg, Schoenberg and Webern. Isola, the opening track, suggests off-centre Monk.
The band settles into a groove with André Leroux’s tenor insistent, if not dominant. The album’s sound is one of Satie-like stillness, introspection and space. Haiku-Darmstadt encapsulates these qualities. If there is a conscious use of the Haiku form in Bourassa’s composition then that is one for the musicologists.
There is  determinedly bleak piano playing, resisting the introduction of the other instruments until finally the group sound is heard. Bourassa’s repeated motifs punctuate the recording with layer upon layer of intricate lines and on occasion, perhaps too few, Leroux comes in with some powerful tenor. Philippe Melanson’s inventive drumming is tight throughout and bassist Guy Boisvert succeeds in combining delicacy and authority. Idiosyncrasie is available on Effendi Records. The Francois Bourassa Quartet can be heard in London at the Vortex on Monday 30 September (in a double bill with Stories), then at the Jazz Bar, Edinburgh (6 October), the Lit & Phil, Newcastle (7 October), followed by selected dates in Europe. It should be noted that on this autumn tour Greg Ritchie deps for Philippe Melanson.       
Russell.

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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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