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Curtis Stigers: “I’m a jazz singer. I’m not a saxophonist. When I stand in front of a band like the Danish Radio Big Band or Ronnie Scott’s, I usually tend to leave the instrument on the stand.” – (The Northern Echo 20 July 2017)

Tamsin Austin, Director of Performance Programme, Sage Gateshead: “SummerTyne is our largest festival and we absolutely love it!” – (The Northern Echo 20 July 2017)

Today Saturday July 22

Afternoon
SummerTyne Americana Festival 2017 - Sage Gateshead. Day two of three. Details. From 12 noon all day.
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Evening
Steve Glendinning (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
The Hookahs - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Big Chris Barber Band - Alnwick Playhouse. 7:30pm. £21.50/£20.50.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

CD Review: Casey Golden Trio - Outliers

Casey Golden (pno); Bill Williams (bs); Ed Rodrigues (dms/perc).
(Review by Lance).
Contemporary trio of young Australian musicians based in Sydney playing original pieces composed by Golden. The pianist began studying classical piano at the age of 5 and much of that early knowledge seems to have stayed with him even though by the time he was 17 he'd won a BBM (Big Brother Movement Youth Support) Award enabling him to study in London with various jazz musicians. This was in 2005 and his teachers included John Taylor, Kit Downes and Gwilym Simcock.

On his return to Sydney, he completed a Bachelor of Music majoring in jazz piano, and a Bachelor of Arts, both degrees earned with Distinction, from the University of New South Wales.
Outliers is Golden's second album and his first with the current trio. The themes are interesting, often with repetitive motifs reminiscent of EST and other contemporary piano icons. His playing is angular and agile, rarely choosing the linear, rich, chordal patterns of his predecessors - if Bach had been the jazzman they said he would have been had he been born 250 years later (in New York) then he may well have played like this. What is sure is that if  Golden and JS "Mighty" B had met up in a Sydney Bar they would have commandeered the old upright in the corner and traded choruses - each learning from the other!
Not that this is a one man show - no Master/Serfs set up here. Each musician has his own distinctive voice frequently moving in different directions but never divergent enough to jar the senses or to detract from the overall mood. Rodrigues complements Golden's extravagances by either laying back or exploding as the composition demands. Williams, as sound as a middle order Aussie batsman, ensures there will be no follow on although, from a musical point of view, we hope there will be in the form of another recording!
Released January 20.
Lance.
PS: The fantastic cover art - and I use the word advisedly - is by Ron Frenz (Marvel/DC Comics).

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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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