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Alan Luff: “The general view is that Ella’s songbook recordings are the supreme exemplars of sophistication, fine diction and creative voice in the wide field of popular music.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

Steve Voce: “Most of us have been crashed into by cretins who walk along the road absorbed in the screens of their mobile phones.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

Today Wednesday May 24

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.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £5.
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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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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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