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Allison Neale: “It’s difficult if you play mainstream in the UK, it isn’t appreciated enough. The current scene seems to focus on musician-composers.” - (Jazz Journal April 2013).

Liam Noble: “I know some people think playing standards is old-fashioned but I love it.” – (Jazz Journal January 2016).

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Today Monday February 20

Afternoon.
Jazz in the Afternoon - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
Evening.
Holy Moly & The Crackers + Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra - The Cluny, Lime St., Newcastle. 7pm. £10.
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Monday, April 14, 2014

CD Review: Colin Vallon Trio - Le Vent

Colin Vallon – piano   Patrice Moret – bass  Julian Sartorus – drums.
(Review by Steve H.)
This is the Swiss trio’s second ECM album. It’s a very modern European offering revolving not around virtuoso solos but a collaboration of like minded musicians who have produced a piece of work which may not have you jumping around on the kitchen table with excitement but instead will provide a stimulating relaxing and peaceful experience.  This is definitely more Swiss Roll than rock and roll but sometimes it’s nice to have your cake and eat  it.
All the tracks are written by Vallon apart from the opening number Juuichi written by bassist Moret and the final two numbers Styx and Coriolis written by the entire trio. The album starts at an almost funereal pace before building to a more up-tempo passage and then subsides softly and gently away. In fact this style seems to set the tone for most of the tunes. The listener is drawn slowly into each track as the whole ensemble builds  each tune up layer by  layer.  Some tracks are livelier than others, Immobile, for example, has a very powerful rousing central passage whereas my own particular favourite Goodbye is a beautiful slow ballad.  The title track, Le Vent (The Wind), evokes its name as one imagines gusts of wind gathering pace and then gently subsiding. The final two tracks Styx and Coriollis minimalize the mininimalist approach even further with single piano notes and soft percussion punctuating a bowed bass background. All in all an enjoyable album well worth a listen.
Colin Vallon Trio - Le Vent is now available on ECM Records.
Steve H.

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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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