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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.

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

CD Review: Matthew Halsall & the Gondwana Orchestra - When the World Was One

Matthew Halsall (trumpet), Nat Birchall (soprano saxophone), Lisa Mallett (flutes), Keiko Kitamura (koto), Rachael Gladwin (harp), Taz Modi (piano), Gavin Barras (double bass) & Luke Flowers (drums)
(Review by Russell).
The Gondwana Orchestra’s opening track, the eponymous When the World Was One more than hints at a Coltrane vibe – Nat Birchall’s soprano, Taz Modi’s piano (McCoy) and Luke Flowers’ drums (Elvin). Bandleader Halsall leaves it late, contributing fluent trumpet work to take it out. A Far Away Place (the Far East at a guess) evokes ethereal woodwind sounds (bansuri flute), Rachael Gladwin’s elegant harp riding on Flowers’ desultory rhythmic snare.
Trumpeter Matthew Halsall’s thoughtful solos are best illustrated on Falling Water – considered, conscious of Modi’s piano part to follow. Patterns hears an up beat Modi giving way to more of the measured Halsall. Flowers takes a few bars without losing the momentum with soprano and flute (Lisa Mallett) supplying the coda. Halsall’s interest in, and travels to Japan, demands the inclusion of ‘non-traditional’ jazz instruments (bansuri flute, Keiko Kitamura’s koto, harp) and they feature on Kiyomizu-Dera (a Buddhist temple in Japan).
Gladwin’s harp and Birchall’s soprano respond to Halsall’s growling trumpet work on Sagano Bamboo Forest, peace sought and found. On the closing track – Tribute to Alice Coltrane – bassist Gavin Barras suggests a groove, the excellent Flowers goes with it, Modi dreams awhile, flute awakens Halsall’s distant trumpet and harpist Gladwin has the final word.
When the World Was One is a beautifully conceived album, a million miles away from the Western jazz world’s historic predilection for the bravura performance. The work is available now in several formats on Gondwana Records.
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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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