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Artie Shaw: “I'm not interested in giving people what they want--I'm interested in making music.” – (DownBeat October 15, 1939).

Jason Marsalis: “There's so many places that this music can go and there's a lot yet to be discovered.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Sunday March 18


Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 12 noon. Free.

Jason Isaacs & the Ambassadors of Swing - Hoochie Coochie, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. 5:30pm (doors 4:00pm). £16.00.

Revolutionaires - Tyne Bar, Maling St, Newcastle NE6 1LP. 3pm. Free.

Somethin’ Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 5:00pm. Tel: 01325 788564. Matt Case (saxophone) & Mike Hepple (guitar).


POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER! Zoë Gilby Quartet - Black Bull, Bridge Street, Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8:00pm. £5.00. Rescheduled August 19.

Alter Ego - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00.

Bradley Johnston - The Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 6:00pm. Free. New weekly residency.

Gypsy Dave Smith - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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).                       

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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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