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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.

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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