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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
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
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.
Chris James & Martin Fletcher - Billy Bootleggers - 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Imelda May - Sage Gateshead. 7pm. £38.20/£27.30 VIP Option £104.
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Hokum Hotshots - National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland SR6 0GL. 7:30pm. £27.50. Tel: 0191 515 5555. ‘Bourbon & Blues’ three course meal - booking essential.
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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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Sunday, June 08, 2014

CD Review: Tom Chang - Tongue and Groove.

Tom Chang - Guitar,  Greg Ward – Alto Sax, Jason Rigby – Tenor Sax, Chris Lightcap – bass Gerald Cleaver – drums, Akshay Anatapadmanabhan –Kanjira/Mridangam, T.H. Subash Chandran – Konnakol.
(Review by Steve H.)
The title of this album sent shivers down my spine as it brought forward images of parquet flooring  and other equally neat forms of jointed wood panelling to my dishevelled mind. Fortunately,  musicians and music dovetail perfectly in this debut album by  guitarist Tom Chang.
This album is bookended by tunes Spinal Tap/Goes to 11 and Spinal Tap Tk.2 which unsurprisingly are rampant heavy metal bashes . In between these twin stalwarts there are a variety  of styles from the fairly straight ahead Djangologo to the only non Chang penned number the classical composer Anton Webern’s Variations for Piano Op.27 which meanders somnambulistically into the short discordant Sleepwalker without blinking an eye. The two standout tracks on the album are the title track Tongue and Groove and a blues number which I will dedicate to our own black and white heroes Bar Codes. The former has an amazing  vocal percussive opening known as a Konnakol performed by Southern Indian Carnatic percussionist T.H. Subash Chandran  the piece continues with the alto of Ward and Chang’s guitar  circling around  Cleaver’s conventional western drums and Anatapadmanabhan’s   Indian Kanjira drum. A short  cheerful interlude  Scatterbrain leads into the aforementioned humdinger Bar Codes - blues rock number which at times has Chang  playing in the style of rock god Jimmys (Page and Hendrix) whilst Rigby on tenor performs a pure blues solo if only The Toon could play with such passion.  We are brought back down to earth with the subtle double bass led The Logos before the penultimate track the highly enjoyable Entangled Heart  with its Latin undercurrent brings us to the final headbanging reprise of Spinal Tap. If only my wife would let me use power tools I would be inspired to re-lay the dining room floor.
Steve H.

2 comments :

  1. HI,
    Great Album, but where to buy it?
    Tiziano Switzerland

    ReplyDelete
  2. Usual suspects I guess. Amazon or CD Baby (see added link).

    ReplyDelete

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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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