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Bebop Spoken There

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)

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Friday February 24

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Monkseaton Arms, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Sue Ferris Trio - Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1pm. £5.
Hand to Mouth - (Lindsay Hannon/Bradley Johnston) - Lit & Phil, 23 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SE. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Mo Scott Band - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm. £7/£5 (in advance).
Taupe - Head of Steam, Neville St., Newcastle. 8pm. CD launch.
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Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7:00pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, July 06, 2014

CD Review: Tommy Andrews Quintet – The Crux

Tommy Andrews (alto/clt); Nick Costley-White (gtr); Rick Simpson (pno); Dave Manington (bs); Dave Hamblett (dms).
(Review by Steve H.)
This debut  album from  up and  coming reeds player Tommy Andrews is a fine effort. Andrews, whose interests outside music are particle physics and rock climbing, incorporates these twin  themes into many of his compositions.  I haven’t met the guy but he comes over as a cross between Professor Brian Cox, Chris Bonnington and the late Patrick Moore.

The album begins gently as we are lulled into Sirens.  The focal point of this piece is a fine piano solo from Rick Simpson. Andrews himself leads off both my favourite and the title track The Crux which is dedicated to Higgs Boson pioneer Peter Higgs. A core theme runs throughout featuring both guitar and piano solos, while a  rousing mid section really sets the tone for the remainder of the song as the whole ensemble  led by Andrews on sax really gives us some particle acceleration.  A gentle bass intro heralds the melancholic Crystal Car  before another strong sax solo takes over. Mr Skinny Legs refers to the name given to spiders by Andrews’ 3 year old nephew; this tune again builds nicely around its recurring theme. L.H.B doesn’t refer to Left Hand Bat as I thought but to Late Heavy Bombardment which is a term used to describe the period in history when a large number of asteroids collided with various planets. The piece begins quietly before culminating in  the astronomical manner of the title. Toscana (Sirens Pt II)  is a haunting rolling piece with again piano and sax at its core. Steep provides a fitting up-tempo finale leaving the listener pleasantly satisfied with the entire album.
Tommy Andrews Quintet – The Crux is currently available on JellymouldJazz 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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