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Ernie Wilkins: “If you don't look at the liner notes, you don't know who in the hell it is. Everybody sounds alike, that same million-note approach. Faceless.” – (Crescendo November 1975).

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Ben Williams: “A lot of jazz today has developed this allergy to simplicity. ‘If it’s simple, that means it’s not hip’ is a theme. But sometimes the simplest thing you can do is the hippest thing you can do.” – (Down Beat August 2015).

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Archives.

Today Wednesday March 22

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Paul Skerritt Band - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
John Harle and Steve Lodder - Royal Grammar School, Eskdale Tce., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 4DX. 7pm. £20 & £10. 60th birthday tour for RGS alumnus Harl.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £4.
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Monday, October 13, 2014

CD Review: Paragon – Cerca

Peter Ehwald (tenor & soprano saxophones), Arthur Lea (Fender Rhodes), Matthias Nowak (double bass) & Jon Scott (drums)
(Review by Russell).
Cerca is Paragon’s third CD since forming a decade ago. Bandleaders Peter Ehwald and Arthur Lea wrote music independently of one another in advance of a two-day recording session in Cologne. Ten tracks made it onto the album and Lea’s agitated Fender Rhodes leads on the opening Cerca de Ti. Co-leader Ehwald enters on upper register tenor as Jon Scott keeps the nu-swing tempo rattling along.
Ehwald’s East to West is a short, reflective piece; breathy reeds ceding to the precise bass pattern laid down by Matthias Novak. Delhi Belly (comp. Lea) is a rather apposite title, a flurry of activity sees the quartet race from A to B; tenor, keys, drums. A frantic Bohdan (another sprinter) excites with a near-manic Fender workout. Glory (comp. Ehwald) takes its time, a suitable antidote to the preceding finger-busting action.  
Brevity is the watchword on this recording (hearing the band live is to hear them develop a piece and stretch out); concise, polished, punchy statements. Blue Eyes White Dragon dances along courtesy of Scott and Novak with Ehwald’s fluent soprano suggesting this is his most interesting instrument. Lea’s elegant Fat Pig is certainly a misnomer with its stately, elegiac quality. The final three tracks are Ehwald compositions – North to South, Linguine and Ballade. Lea’s keyboards on Linguine suggest a liking for seventies’ jazz-rock popularised by Return to Forever. Ballade is the go-home encore number, the party over, the pyrotechnics done.
Cerca is released on October 13. Paragon’s UK tour starts on October 28 in Newcastle at the Jazz Café. The album launch gig is in London (October 31) at Jazz Live @ The Crypt and further dates take the quartet into November.
Cerca is released on Jellymould Jazz (JM-JJ014).
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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