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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.

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

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.

Friday, October 04, 2013

CD Review:Esben Brandt Kvartet - Silence and Sound.

Esben Brandt (gtr); Fredrik Ljungkvist (ten/clt); Cesar Joaniquet (ten); Peedu Kass (bs); Christian Windfeld (dms)
Like so much Nordic jazz, this CD is a deep, dark probing affair. Only occasionally is there a glimmer of light or jollity - intensity is the keyword here. Having said that, the album is not without charm. How could it be otherwise with such a talented group of players?
Esben released the album to coincide with his graduation as a Master of Music from the Royal Academy of Music in Denmark, Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Sibelius Academy in Finland and the Rhythmic Conservatory in Copenhagen. However, it all began at the Berklee affiliated Newpark Music Centre in Dublin where he studied for four years graduating with honours.
With such a pedigree behind him, apart from his not inconsiderable skills as a guitarist, it is little surprise that he has immense arranging and compositional skills which are well displayed throughout.
Another giant is Swedish saxophonist Ljungkvist who is in there at the epicentre of the storm when the elements collide. He slugs it out, trading blows with Joaniquet. The pet shop may not be on fire but the central heating is on max.
A disc that shows that beauty and aggression can live side by side.
Esben Brandt Kvartet, Silence and Sound, is available on all the big net portals - itunes, Amazon, Spotify etc.
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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