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Bebop Spoken There

Jimi Durso: "Be in tune when you hit the stage [At a jam session]. Also, bring a list of songs you know." - (DownBeat October 2018).

Jazzmeia Horn: "She's not a jazz singer whoever she is [Aretha Franklin]." - (Blindfold Test, DownBeat October 2018).

Today Wednesday September 26

Afternoon

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

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8:00pm. £1.00.

Community Hall New Orleans Band - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm £3.00. 20th anniversary of Jazz at Springwell. Guests.

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

Jam session - Dun Cow, Brandling Village, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 4RS. Tel: 0191 338 7981. 8:00pm. Free. House trio led by Bradley Johnston.

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

Sunday, October 06, 2013

CD Review: Romain Pilon - Colorfield

Walter Smith III (ten);  Romain Pilon (gtr); Michael Janisch (bs); Jamire Williams (dms).
(Review by Lance.)
The third generation Smith gave a "gig of the year" performance at Sage Gateshead back in January so I knew I'd be hearing some cracking tenor playing and I wasn't disappointed. However, Pilon was a new name to me although when someone such as Lionel Loueke describes the young Parisian based guitarist as, "Having a flawless technique and a great harmonic sense, the expectations are high."
Those expectations were resolved at an even higher level than I anticipated!

Pilon is without doubt one of the most outstanding guitarists to have emerged in recent years. His lyricism and harmonic exploration show a player who, and here I quote Mike Moreno, "Plays with a knowledge of the past and a foot in the future." That those qualities also apply to Smith III makes this a true meeting of kindred spirits ably abetted by Janusch (also a major contributor to the Sage Gateshead gig) and Williams who steered this four wheel drive through seven originals by Pilon as well as an emotive version of Horace Silver's Lonely Woman.
The title track, Colorfield, is taken from a style of abstract painting that emerged in New York City in the 1940's and 1950's. In Colorfield painting, color is freed from an objective text and becomes the subject in itself - or so the album liner notes say.
Whatever, the undisputed facts in my mind is that this an album to listen to intently, drawing in different nuances with each playing.
Put the player on repeat and let the music take over...
Romain Pilon - Colorfield is released tomorrow (October 7) on Whirlwind WR4641 and is officially launched at King's Place, London, as part of the Whirlwind Festival on Saturday October 12.
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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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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