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Michael Feinstein: “Fred Astaire is my favorite singer. To me, he was the perfect interpreter of American popular song.” – (Jazz Times December 2014).

Bud Shank: “Once I saw California – that was it, I stayed.” – (Jazz Journal May 1991)

Archives.

Today Sunday February 26.

Afternoon.
Mark Williams (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
More Jam - Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free.
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Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
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Evening
Maine St. Jazzmen - Seaton Sluice Social Club, Collywell Bay Rd., Seaton Sluice NE26 4QZ. 8pm. £4.
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Shaun Henderson Band - Quakerhouse, Mechanics Yard, Darlington. 6pm. £5.
Jazz Jam - Empty Shop, 35c Framwellgate Bridge, Durham DH1 4SY. 7:30pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, May 23, 2014

EP Review The Slowlight Quartet In Flight

Paul Loraine (keyboards), Ian ‘Dodge’ Paterson (double bass), Jonathan Marriott (drums) & Tom Quilliam (tenor & soprano saxophones)
(Review by Russell).
The Slowlight Quartet’s debut five track limited edition EP is a study in beautifully crafted, understated composition and performance. The five tunes, written by Paul Loraine, are a feast for the ears. Melodies marinate, infused with subtle spices, the music world’s equivalent of the slow cooking movement.
The title track, In Flight, exemplifies the band’s sound; deceptively simple melody, layered introduction of the instrumentalists, brevity of solo subservient to the composition. Loraine’s keyboards deny Tom Quilliam’s sinewy tenor an extended solo (a compositional hallmark), a sudden, triumphant ending leaving the listener wanting more. Shifting Ground opens with Ian Paterson’s commanding double bass figure shadowed by Quilliam’s shimmering tenor. A typical twist (or shift) engages piano and Jonathan Marriott’s drums in a drum ‘n’ bass vibe, disturbed by Quilliam switching to fiery soprano, ultimately quelled by Loraine’s keys.
Iris – flower or eye? Perhaps inspired by petals opening, revealing themselves over time, perhaps a slow shutter speed, time-lapse photography. Who knows? The tune hears the Slowlights at their most reflective. Paterson leads off, Marriott uses brushes to great effect, Quilliam’s measured tenor, a magical phrase from Loraine makes the tune. The EP’s penultimate track – Peregrine – begs the question: Who’s that like? Familiar, contemporary jazz? Yes, but…it’s the Slowlights, that’s who! Keys and tenor state the theme over Marriott’s mallets, Quilliam threatens to ratchet-up the tension, the ensemble takes it down, bassist Paterson intervenes with a considered solo, ceding to Quilliam and Marriott who have the last word.  The Slowlight Quartet isn’t about solo flights, the final track – Walking Spanish – typifies the collective approach of Loraine, Paterson, Marriott and Quiliam. In Flight is a welcome addition to the burgeoning catalogue of fine recordings by north east musicians. The EP is a limited edition release. Recorded, mixed and mastered by Liam Gaughan. A download alternative is available. Visit www.theslowlightquartet.co.uk Highly recommended.     
Russell.             

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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.)
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