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Ben Pollack: "The kind of people who go for the old style New Orleans jazz are the same kind of people who go in for collecting antiques." - (Down Beat May 5, 1950).

Flip Phillips: "I heard this band out in California. I think - Lu Waters, isn't it? They sure can march down the street but I wouldn't want to march with them!" - (Down Beat June 15, 1951).

Today Sunday June 25

Afternoon.
Joel Byrne McCullough (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
Mitch Laddie Band - Tyne Bar, Maling St., Newcastle. 3pm. Free.
Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
Somethin' Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 01325 788564. 5pm. Weekly.
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Tyne Valley Big Band - Herding Hill Farm, Shield Hill, Haltwhistle NE49 9NW. 2pm. Support from Tyne Valley Youth Jazz Ensemble. 01434 320175.
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Evening
Jake Steels Quintet - Quakerhouse, Mechanics' Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 6pm.
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Hokum Hotshots-- Billy Bootleggers - 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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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.
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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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