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Randy Brecker: "It's still a thrill for me today to stand out front of a big band as the soloist and hear all that sound going on behind you. It brings the best out of me" - (DownBeat June 2019).

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2019 Parliamentary Jazz Awards

The voting is open between now and May 31 to enable site visitors to nominate their choices in the various categories of this year's APPJAG awards which can be done here.
BSH was very proud to be nominated and to win the 2018 Media Award and hope we can have your support again this year.

Today Wednesday May 22

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Julija Jacenaite & Alan Law - Jazz Café, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 261 5618. 2:00pm. Free. Café Mezzanine (first floor, access via crafts shop).

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Blues

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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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