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Today Friday May 26

Afternoon
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Paul Wilkinson - St. Nicholas Cathedral, St. Nicholas Square, Newcastle NE1 1PF. 1:05pm. Retiring collection.
Mark Williams/Joel Byrne McCullough - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Ruth Lambert Quartet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm, £7 (£6 in advance.)
Hand to Mouth (Lindsay Hannon/Bradley Johnston) - High Friars Lane (Tyneside Cinema), Free, al fresco, 8pm. food and drink available.
?????????? - Billy Bootleggers - 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8pm. Free.
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Imelda May - Sage Gateshead. 7pm. £38.20/£27.30 VIP Option £104.
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Strictly Smokin' Big Band - Ushaw College, nr. Durham. 7:30pm. £7.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.
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Monday, March 10, 2014

Triptych @ The Cherry Tree, Jesmond


Paul Edis (pno); Paul Susans (bs); Rob Walker (dms).
(Review by Lance)
The name confused me. However, Mr Edis himself informed me that Triptych refers to a set of 3 tablets, painted panels etc. hinged together as per the picture on the left which wasn't taken at the Cherry Tree tonight. My initial thought had been something tripe related! Well I'm pleased to say that there was no 'tripe' on the menu either gastronomically or musically. 
Both the chef and the musicians aspire to, and indeed achieve, much greater things and when Paul Edis is cooking on stage the result is inevitably  haute cuisine at its hautiest.
I started with Smoked duck breast and blood orange salad and hazelnut purée which was almost as good a way to start the evening as How High The Moon in some strange time signature - I think Paul said 7/8! I've encountered drummers who play in 7/8 time but this, I'm sure, was intentional.
Brubeck's It's a Raggy Waltz, I think stuck with a ragged waltz time, Close to You, All Blues (Susans on double bass and not as pictured) all blended nicely with my main course of Roast rump of lamb, purple sprouting broccoli, gratin potatoes and a red current jus. Like the next tune, this dish was Miles Ahead!
For my dessert I chose Ginger and orange crème brulee with dark chocolate shortbread.
Triptych opted for an original, Dark Ages, which did indeed have a dark and doomy eastern feel to it. Percy Grainger's Country Gardens - so often used as a cadenza by jazz musicians and a favourite of pianists of all genres rounded off an enjoyable set.
Triptych - look out for the name which, to be honest, if I didn't know otherwise, wouldn't get me through the door. Shame, as they're an excellent trio - Trio, now there's a good name!
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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
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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