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Today Thursday April 18

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Evening

Jazz

DJazz: Durham City Jazz Festival Launch - Courtyard Café, Palace Green Library, Palace Green, Durham DH1 3RN. 7:00pm. £5.00. Featuring Hand to Mouth: Lindsay Hannon & Bradley Johnston.

JR Trio - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £6.00. (£3.00. student). Line-up: James Romaine (alto sax); Asaph Tal (double bass); Kai Chareunsy (drums). Birmingham Conservatoire student trio. Gig replaces Francis Tulip Quintet (to be rescheduled).

Archipelago + Paul Taylor - Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SE. Tel: 0191 232 0192. 7:45pm. £8.00. (£6.00. concs). JNE.

Anth Purdy - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free. Tees Hot Club: Dormans Jazz Festival.

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. £2.50.

Joseph Carville Trio - Bar Loco, Leazes Park Road, Newcastle NE1 4PG. Tel: 0191 232 5871. 8:00pm. Free. Carville (piano), Allan Peat (double bass), Mark Rayner (drums).

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

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

CD Review: Let Spin - Let Spin.

Moss Freed (gtr); Ruth Goller (bs);  Chris Williams (sax); Finlay Panter (dms).
Let Spin were formed in 2012 as a collaboration between four of the UK's top genre-crossing instrumentalists: Freed (Moss Project); Goller (Acoustic Ladyland); Williams (Led Bib) and Finlay Panter (Bits and Pieces Big Band). Discovering their own shared space the band quickly found their own unique language and two months later recorded this, their début album.
To be honest, reading the blurb my first reaction was that I'm going to hate this!
Then I played it!
Admittedly it is far removed from my normal comfort zone which is not necessarily a bad thing. If you've never tasted something how do you know you don't like it?
There's a lot of free improv but this is balanced by original, well structured, themes. Put the two together and the result is a mix of exciting, often frantic, solos and ensembles as well as contrasting dark melancholic pieces.
Each of the four contributed two tracks Freed's enigmatic Eastern tinged How to Woo a Dolphin my personal favourite and not just for the title!
An album that could sway some of the more conservative jazzers into uncharted waters and encourage them to return many times.
The good news is that Let Spin are at the Bridge, Newcastle, for a Splinter gig on Sunday February 23.
The CD was released yesterday on Efpi Records. Digital Download/samples here.
For more details and tour dates visit http://efpirecords.com/about-efpi/
Lance.

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