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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, November 10, 2014

CD Review: Simon Purcell – Red Circle

Chris Batchelor (Trumpet), Julian Siegel (Tenor and Soprano Saxophones), Simon Purcell (Piano), Steve Watts (bass), Gene Calderazzo (Drums)
(Review by Hugh C.)
Red Circle is the début release from internationally acclaimed pianist and educator Simon Purcell, currently the head of Jazz at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Dance and Music in London. Purcell originally came to prominence during the UK jazz boom of the 1980s through his band 'Jazz Train'. He has performed with many leading musicians. Red Circle marks his return to a more active performing career after nearly three decades in the world of jazz education.
Purcell's band comprises some of the most important contributors to the UK scene during the last two decades. They're also a bunch of old friends with years of playing experience and, in this spirit, the music was recorded in one room with no real isolation between the instruments, giving the album a 'live date' feeling.
All the material has been composed by Purcell with the intention of being less about complex themes, instead providing attractive contexts for improvisation where the artists can masterfully stretch out.
There are eight tracks on the album, plus a further bonus track featuring the stylish vocal presence of Liane Carroll.
The first three tracks Spirit Level, Red Circle – Enchantress and Minos are very much in a straight ahead groove. The experience of the musicians allows for complex interplay with more or less equal representation of Batchelor on trumpet, Siegel on saxophones and Purcell on Piano. Answers for Job is more laid back with a west coast (USA, not GB!) feel to it. If you didn't know you could almost imagine it's Miles' band. There is a return to up tempo with Pandora. Dark Night has (as might be expected) a slightly mysterious quality, with subtle Middle Eastern sonorities in places. Ithaca slows things down before the fast and furious Maestros and Musos. The bonus track is a balladic revisiting of Ithaca with the added sumptuous vocals of Liane Carroll.
All in all this is an excellent album and reflects the quality of British jazz currently and over the previous three decades. Let's hope we don't have to wait another 30 years for the next one!
Red Circle is released on Monday November 10 (Today!). The album launch is at the Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho on November 16 and forms part of the EFG London Jazz Festival.
Simon Purcell – Red Circle, Whirlwind Recordings WR4651.
Hugh.

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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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