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Today Thursday January 17

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Mark Williams & Joel Byrne-McCullough - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £6.00. (£3.00. student).

Tees Hot Club w. Noel Dennis (tpt); Dave Stansfield (ten sax); Dave Archbold (keys) - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free.

Maine Street Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Hollywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:30pm. Free.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

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

Friday, December 27, 2013

CD Review: Jamie Taylor's Outside Line Quartet - Introducing Outside Line

Jamie Taylor (gtr); Matt Anderson (ten); Garry Jackson (bs); Dave Walsh (dms).
A meandering start had me groaning and saying to myself "This is going to be one of those Scandinavian epics where it takes three days to get past the first 8 bars." Seemingly, I read, producer Sam Hobbs underscores the collective improvisation with otherworldly sounds of uncertain origin!
However, I should have known better than to almost write it off after a few bars! These guys are from Yorkshire which is almost as good as being from Tyneside and, as the CD progressed, I realised there were no Trolls aboard.
It's a superb blend of guitar and tenor. Compatible lines either in unison, harmonically apart or contrapuntally  intertwined - they just gel..
The six tracks are split into two suites, both composed by Jamie Taylor, - Someone New Suite and Three Colours: Blues Suite. Both are welcome additions to the jazz repertoire and display the two frontliner's abilities admirably. My personal preference is for the latter suite but that is only because it has an earthier feel about it with gutsier playing from both Taylor and Anderson. Mose Allison sprung to mind as an influence and Jimmy Giuffre too. Once you get past the ethereal beginning of the first suite, it's plain sailing although not always on a tranquil sea! The combination of Anderson and Taylor is a most fruitful one. They bring to mind '50s Blue Note sessions but with a contemporary rhythm section. Jackson and Walsh make no attempt to disguise the fact that they, like the two men out front, are jazz people of today.
Canon For Cannon has all four swinging in a boppy Adderley mode. It's a clever arrangement. On Always Rising we go into 5/4 and Jackson brings Dig Doug in for Taylor to dig deep into his seemingly infinitesimal bag of solo-ology.  Anderson's store is also well stocked.
Jamie Taylor Quartet - Outside Line. Available on GLP039.
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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