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Buddy Rich: "You either swing a band or you don't swing a band - (Metronome April 1956).

Sinclair Traill: “Well I don't think he (Chet Baker) can sing either.” – (Jazz Journal August 1956).

Submissions for review

Whilst we appreciate the many emails, texts, messages and other communications we receive requesting album/gig reviews on BSH, regrettably, we are unable to reply to them all other than those we are able to answer with a positive response.
Similarly, CDs received by post will only be considered if accompanied by sufficient background material.
Finally, bear in mind that this is a jazz-based site when submitting your album.
Lance

Today Thursday December 14

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., nr. Newcastle NE27 0DA. 1:00pm. Free.

Interim Recitals (Final Year Music Students) - Recital Room, Armstrong Building, Newcastle University NE1 7RU. Inc. Ben Richardson (jazz piano) 10:00am.

Evening.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter’s Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. 8:30pm.

Indigo Jazz Voices - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00.

Durham University Big Band - Riverside Bar, Dunelm House, New Elvet, Durham DH1 3AN. 8:30pm (doors 8:00pm). Free admission. The band’s ‘Jazzy Christmas 5’.

Christmas Swing w Danny Reed - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE33 1ES. 7:00pm. £18.95.

Tees Hot Club w. Richie Emmerson (tenor); Dave Archibold (keys) - Dorman’s, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. 8:00pm. Free Xmas Party Night.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

WCEA Big Band - Whitburn Church of England Academy, Whitburn SR6 7EF. Tel: 0191 529 3712. 7:00-9:30pm. £4.00. (£10.00. family of three). Tickets must be purchased in advance by December 8th. ‘Christmas Swing-a-long’ to include school choir. Whitburn Academy competes regularly at the annual Great North Big Band Jazz Festival.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

CD Review: Roller Trio – Fracture

James Mainwaring (tenor & soprano saxophones, electronics), Luke Wynter (guitar, electric bass & electronics) & Luke Reddin-Williams (drums)
(Review by Russell)
Roller Trio gig extensively across the country honing their live sound (winning accolades along the way) and their second album Fracture (and Lamplight Social Records first CD) retains the immediacy of their live gig sound. Roller Trio’s sound is of its time. Twenty-somethings listen to it and move to it on the student hip-hop dance floor. Of its time, will it stand the test of time?
The Leeds College of Music alumni are seriously good musicians (college chops) and the legend is they spent hour after hour perfecting their sound. Fracture is full of beats, tunes and derring-do escapades. Roller Trio play the seemingly impossible because they can. A CD of ten tracks, the first few are executed with a bravado of the twenty-something. Reef Knot opens the recording with typical shifting patterns and unexpected twists and turns.
Constant gigging makes some numbers familiar to the ear; 2 Minutes to 12 is one such. A hallmark Roller Trio sound, drummer Luke Reddin-Williams and guitarist Luke Wynter achieve stunning accuracy and James Mainwaring’s tenor is forever probing – a riff, then another idea, hints at balladry, restless in the extreme. A Wynter composition – Splinter – features the recorded debut of Mainwaring on soprano saxophone. Live he has played the soprano occasionally, here, a documented first, there is little to choose between the two.
One or two tracks veer from the searing sound associated with the trio to the sound world sketched out by Jan Garbarek and, latterly, Tim Garland. Indeed another of Mainwaring’s projects – Space Flight – tracks a similar orbit. Fracture is sure to meet with the approval of Roller Trio’s fan base. Its significance will become apparent when Lamplight Social is about to release CD number ten. Fracture is released today (Monday 8 December) on the in-house label Lamplight Social Records (LSRCD001).                       
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.
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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