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Randy Brecker: "It's still a thrill for me today to stand out front of a big band as the soloist and hear all that sound going on behind you. It brings the best out of me" - (DownBeat June 2019).

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2019 Parliamentary Jazz Awards

The voting is open between now and May 31 to enable site visitors to nominate their choices in the various categories of this year's APPJAG awards which can be done here.
BSH was very proud to be nominated and to win the 2018 Media Award and hope we can have your support again this year.

Today Wednesday May 22

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Julija Jacenaite & Alan Law - Jazz Café, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 261 5618. 2:00pm. Free. Café Mezzanine (first floor, access via crafts shop).

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Blues

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

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

Sunday, January 05, 2014

CD Review: Joshua Breakstone - With the Wind and the Rain

Joshua Breakstone (gtr); Mike Richmond (cello); Lisle Atkinson (bs); Elliot Sigmund (dms).
Excellent, lyrical guitar from Breakstone on this, his sixth album for Capri Records. Present day bebop lines that flow smoothly and fluently suggest I will be checking out his earlier releases. Four of the tracks have Mike Richmond on cello making this an unusual line-up and one I feel could have been used to greater effect. Don't get me wrong, Richmond knows his way around the instrument. The guitar/cello unison lines gel and his solos are well constructed. However, the cello solos are all played pizzicato and pizzicato cello doesn't have the same resonance that a plucked double bass has. How I'd have loved to have heard some arco passages to bring out the mellow richness of this, the most sensuous member of the string family.
That apart, this is still a very enjoyable CD with Breakstone throwing his cap in the ring as yet another master jazz guitarist to arrive on the scene - listen to his melodic lines on Be Anything or the boppy phrasing of Kenny Dorham's Short Story. Bassist Atkinson's solos emphasise my point re the cello. Full toned and rich they're everything the cello could have been had Richmond chosen to use the bow.
Drummer Sigmund remains discreetly in the background contributing to the chamber jazz masterpiece this almost was.
Joshua Breakstone - With the Wind and the Rain is due for release on Capri Records January 21.
Lance.

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