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Michelle Coltrane: "It was Geri Allen who told me, 'Why don't you work with a guitar player? It's a lot easier. They're mobile, all the pianos are out of tune'" - DownBeat March 2018.

Verneri Pohjola: “I've been trying to get away from being 'a young and promising trumpet player' for over twenty years” DownBeat March 2018.

Today Friday February 23

Afternoon

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Dock in Absolute - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 9:00pm. £10.00. (£8.00 concessions).

James Taylor Quartet - Hoochie Coochie, 54 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. £16.00. Doors 7pm.

Bullfrog Blues Band - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Crooners - Forum Theatre, Queensway, Billingham, Stockton on Tees TS23 2LJ. Tel: 01642 552663. 7:30pm. £20.00. Touring comedy Rat Pack production with Chris Hibbard’s nine piece Mini Big Band.

King Bees - Magnesia Bank, Camden Street, North Shields NE30 1NH. 9:00pm. Free.

Shamans Jazz Quartet + Collective Folamour - The Hearth, Main Road, Horsley NE15 0NT. Tel: 01661 853563. 7:30pm. £5.00.

Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.

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

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Alister Spence Quartet & Paul Taylor @ Newcastle University. February 3

Alister Spence (pno; Raymond MacDonald (alt/sop); Joe Williamson (bs); Dag Magnus Narvesen (dms).
(Review &  photos courtesy of Ken Drew)
.Leader is Australian pianist Alister Spence, a player who combines melodic invention and free improvisation in a way that is full of surprises yet unfailingly accessible. And he’s matched every step of the way by the other members of the quartet. Glaswegian Raymond MacDonald has worked regularly with Alister, not only in the UK and abroad, and the two of them have developed a level of spontaneous awareness that makes their improvisation look so fluid and effortless - although the circular breathing by Raymond was evident from the outset and highly effective.

Canadian bassist Joe Williamson has been another regular collaborator in the group, and he similarly enters the fray so sympathetically yet complementary.  Only drummer Dag Magnus Narvesen is a newcomer. Based in Berlin, he is involved in groups with such free music titans as Alexander von Schlippenbach, trombonist Johannes Bauer, and ex-Cecil Taylor saxophonist Harri Sjöström – and this impressive CV was brought to bear with such style and succinctness.  Each contributed evenly, solos were shared but never too long and despite the inner complexity of many of the tunes, the overall result was perfectly balanced with an overall envelope of apparent simplicity, and wonderfully inspiring.
A superbly talented and beautifully integrated group. The Recital Room was the place to be!
Paul Taylor played solo piano for the first set. An extended selection of compositions interspersed with electronic effects to mark the transitions between. His playing has a magical and timeless quality, constantly drawing you in to his musical scapes which unfold in front of you as he plays seemingly effortlessly, but most thoughtfully and highly effectively too.  A rare treat!   
Ken D.

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

Totally agree

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