Rendezvous Jazz - The Monkseaton Arms, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Sue Ferris Trio - Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1pm. £5.
Hand to Mouth - (Lindsay Hannon/Bradley Johnston) - Lit & Phil, 23 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SE. 1pm. £5.
Mo Scott Band- Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm. £7/£5 (in advance).
Taupe - Head of Steam, Neville St., Newcastle. 8pm. CD launch.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7:00pm.
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Sunday, March 22, 2015
CD Review: John Bailey - Black Ship Bright Sea
John Bailey (gtr); Richard Iles (flug); Tim France (sax); Gavin Barras (bs); Steve Hanley (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Quoting from the blurb we're told that the music here sits squarely on the border between jazz and classical music. Bailey's compositions, it would appear, deal with the dark and light aspects of life. The aim of the compositions, it seems, is to move the listener through a range of different emotional states from depressing and bleak to uplifting and optimistic.
Not a party record!
I'm afraid the composer only partially succeeds in his objective - it didn't make me feel at all depressed. You must try harder next time John!
Where he did score was at the uplifting and optimistic end of the scale.
Some good solos from Tim France, Iles sounds good on flugel and it really is uplifting to hear a nylon strung guitar in this world of multi effects pedals. The compositions are full of interesting conceptions. Even when the mood is aimed at the 'black dog' they are very listenable and unlikely to drive anyone to despair!
Quite the opposite in fact!
The enigmatically titled four part solo suite, A Green Sun, has some of the most beautiful classical guitar playing I've heard this side of John Williams.
Bailey, who gained his MA in Jazz Performance from Leeds COM in 2010, currently teaches guitar at Liverpool Uni.
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. The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes. Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)