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Daniel John Martin w Swing Manouche - The Vault, Hallgate, Hexham NE46 1XD. Tel: 01434 603884. 7:30pm. £15.00.

New Century Ragtime Orchestra - Caedmon Hall, Gateshead Central Library, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead NE8 4LN. Tel: 0191 433 8420. 7:30pm. £15.00. Featuring Keith Nichols, Ruth Lambert. Ticket reservations: 0191 281 4011 or email: ragtimedavekerr-aol.com

Mark Nightingale w Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4461. 8:00pm. £14.20.

Zoë Gilby & Mark Williams - The Rabbit Hole, 17 Hallgarth, Durham DH1 3AT. Tel. 0191 386 5556. 7:00pm. Advance booking advised.

Blues

Phil Davids & the Good Times Band - 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.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

GIJF Day Two - Joshua Redman Trio

Joshua Redman (ten/sop); Reuben Rogers (bs); Greg Hutchinson (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Hall Two was three tiers full begging the question - where are these people the rest of the year? Certainly not at The Globe, Jazz Café, The Bridge or other 'jazz joints' where events are free or minimally priced - strange...
This one extended set by Redman and Co was, for me, a highlight. Tenor playing of the first order. With bass and drums, who didn't need a piano to fill out the rhythm section, the music delighted from the unusual re-working of The Surrey With the Fringe On Top to the final blistering belter the name of which  escapes me (my pen had run out of ink!)
In between we heard some lush ballad playing on Never Let Me Go as well as a few originals that hit the spot. Whether on tenor or soprano Redman has 'the sound', surprisingly closer to the mainstream than his late father Dewey Redman, Joshua embodies much of the lyricism of the older school which he molds into a more contemporary format to make him very much the man for today.
Rogers shouldered the load of map reader with ease, laying down the harmonic foundation for the leade'rs masterful display. On drums, Hutchinson too was a tower of strength, driving with the pedal pressed to the floor as well as cooling things down when cool was called for.
But, brilliant as each individual was, it was the moments of interplay between them where the magic really struck.
Only complaint - should have been two shorter sets!
When Joshua Redman played here in 2009, the late JNE supremo Chris Yates voted it the Gig of the Year. If dear Chris had still been  with us I think he'd have short-listed this one as well.
Lance.

2 comments :

stevebfc said...

This world class band were simply magnificent pure class. Whether it be standards or originals everything they played turned to gold. They could have made tunes composed in the bath last night sound good.

OxenOrb said...

I think the final tune before the encore was called Oceans.

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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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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.)
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