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Branford Marsalis: "You talk to the old guys about it [52nd St.], and they say the music part was great. Every other aspect of it [pay, hours, conditions] sucked" - (DownBeat, May 2019).

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Today Sunday April 21

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. Free.

Blues

Beefy La Slap - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Alex Fawcett Band - Tyne Bar, Maling St., Newcastle NE6 1LP. Tel: 0191 265 2550. 4:00pm. Free

Evening

Jazz

East Coast Jazz - Exchange, Howard Street, North Shields NE30 1SE. Tel: 0191 258 4111. 6:00pm. Free. Monthly jam session.

Swing Manouche - Black Bull, Bridge St., Blaydon NE21 4JJ. Tel: 0191 414 2846. 7:30pm. £7.00. Blaydon Jazz Club. Note new, regular start time.

Blues

Sour Mash Trio - 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, February 03, 2015

CD Review: Charles McPherson - The Journey

Charles McPherson (alt); Keith Oxman (ten); Chip Stephens (pno); Ken Walker (bs); Todd Reid (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Is Charles McPherson the greatest living jazz master/saxophone player? On the strength of this disc I'm inclined to concur. I had similar thoughts back in the 1980's/early '90s, when I heard him at Newcastle's Corner House - and there were still a lot of grandmasters doing the rounds in those halcyon days!
His playing here is little short of perfection - the bebop, thankfully, is still there but so are the influences he picked up along the way by association with Mingus, Barry Harris and, naturally, Parker [McPherson provided the live alto solos in Eastwood's biopic Bird.] this may be the best alto playing you will hear all year and it's only February 3!
Having said that, this is no one man show. Keith Oxman blows enough tenor to suggest that, in years to come, he too will have reached legendary status! He's pretty damn close here!
The two saxes blend well and shine individually. Behind them is a rhythm section that the early bop pioneers would have died for.
My choice for January's CD of the Month was Capri's release - Jeff Hamilton Trio; Great American Songs. Although it's early days, I'm not betting against this being two in a row for Capri!
Lance.
Charles McPherson - The Journey is to be released on February 17 by Capri Records (74136-2)

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