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Today Friday March 22

Afternoon

Jazz

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening.

CANCELLED!

Quay Quartet - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 7:30pm. £5.00. New band led by Callum Mellis.

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Crooners - Gala Theatre & Cinema, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. Tel: 0300 266 600. 7:30pm. £22.50.(£20.00. concs).

Blues

Howlin' Rick & the Rocketeers - 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.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

CD Review: Cusp - ....all there is

Chris Bridges (tmb); Keith Phillips (gtr); Dave Tompkins (bs); Hugh Lawrence (dms).
(Review by Lance)
A contemporary modern group based in the Manchester area, Cusp, incredibly manage to marry lyricism and the occasional burst of musical anarchy without causing offence. This is due mainly to Bridges whose trombone playing retains a degree of musical sanity even when the shot and shell are flying! The trombone is relatively rare in contemporary small groups which is a blessing when you think of the mayhem that could be caused had some loose canon been operating the slide! Fortunately, Bridges has a strong melodic flare to his playing that, coupled with a full round tone, makes him a delight to listen to.
Guitarist Phillips, I sense, is of a rockier nature which doesn't in any way detract. His solos sparkle and the interplay with Bridges and the other two make this a quartet of equals.
Equals they are too with Tompkins and Lawrence contributing more than harmonic and rhythmic support but angular lines of their own.
In many ways Cusp represent a logical, genetic progression from Gerry Mulligan, Brubeck, and MJQ to Led Bib and Acoustic Ladyland. Personally, I found them more accessible than the latter  two bands. Bridges and Phillips each contributed four tracks all of which are commendable.
They played The Cluny earlier this year and Russell waxed eloquently about them. His comments back then could easily apply here.
Lance.
Cusp: All There Is - Details from info@keithphillipsguitarist.com or www.keithphillipsguitarist.com

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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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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