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Bebop Spoken There

Howard Riley: “When I started out playing jazz back in the late 50s, early 60s, if you wanted a gig you had to learn some standards.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Eric Harland: “I love swing and I’m always going to swing but I also know that you can take a hip-hop groove and improvise with that just like you would with a swing pattern.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Today Saturday April 29

Afternoon

1pm: Dean Stockdale Trio. 2:30pm: Abbie Finn Quartet 4pm: Rick Laughlin Trio - Quakerhouse, Mechanics’ Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 01325 245052. 1:00-5:00pm. Free (donations).

Evening

Dave O’Higgins with Durham Alumni Big Band - Majestic Theatre, Bondgate, Darlington DL3 7JT. Support set by Durham County Youth Big Band (7:15pm). £12.00. (+ concs).

Late night jam session - Quakerhouse, Mechanics’ Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 01325 245052.10:30pm. Free.

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Ruby Turner - Alnwick Playhouse. 7:30pm. £21.00. & £20.00.

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Fever & Friends - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE333 3NG. 7:30pm. £12.00. 0191 454234.

Bradley Johnston (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.

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

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

CD Review: Jakob Bro – Gefion

Jakob Bro (guitar); Thomas Morgan (double bass); Jon Christensen (drums)
(Review by Hugh).
Jakob Bro first recorded for ECM with Paul Motian in 2004 and subsequently with Tomasz Stanko in 2009.  This recording is Bro's debut as bandleader.  The album is named after the Norse goddess associated with ploughing, prophesy and premonition – although this reviewer was not entirely sure what he was going to hear!
Gefion was recorded in Oslo in November 2013 and produced by Manfred Eicher.  The trio comprises Bro on guitar with US bassist Thomas Morgan and Norwegian drummer Jon Christensen.  This skeletal format allows all three musicians to contribute to the final result on equal terms.
There are eight tracks on the album, commencing with the title track, Gefion.  A quiet beginning of solo guitar is built on by Christensen's subtle and sensitive percussion and finally the trio is completed by Morgan's acoustic bass.   The mood engendered is one of contemplation, with delicate interplay between the three musicians.
Copenhagen takes up the tempo a bit, but still retains the Nordic cool.  We hear a bit more of the bass as melodic instrument here and this continues in And They All Came Marching Out Of The Woods, which is introduced and underpinned throughout by Morgan's repeating theme.
White takes the tempo down again, the long drawn out guitar chords from Bro carefully interspersed by Morgan's bass, and the whole caressed by Christensen's almost intangible brushwork.   Lyskaster is an atmospheric solo guitar piece by Bro.  Airport poem continues   the minimalist approach, but with the return of Bro's trio companions. 
A fuller sound returns in Oktober, the mood is still contemplative and slightly mysterious (as one imagines October in Norway might be).  Ending does what it says on the tin and brings the CD to a close.
This CD is a pleasure to listen to, and one I will probably come back to.  It retains its laid back, contemplative feel throughout.  The musicianship of all three members of the trio is beyond doubt and this comes through in the clarity with which one can make out the individual contributions in the trio format. 
Hugh.
Gefion was released in the UK on 9 February 2015 by ECM (Catalogue Number 470 9139)

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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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