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Michael Feinstein: “Fred Astaire is my favorite singer. To me, he was the perfect interpreter of American popular song.” – (Jazz Times December 2014).

Bud Shank: “Once I saw California – that was it, I stayed.” – (Jazz Journal May 1991)

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Today Sunday February 26.

Afternoon.
Mark Williams (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
More Jam - Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free.
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Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
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Evening
Maine St. Jazzmen - Seaton Sluice Social Club, Collywell Bay Rd., Seaton Sluice NE26 4QZ. 8pm. £4.
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Shaun Henderson Band - Quakerhouse, Mechanics Yard, Darlington. 6pm. £5.
Jazz Jam - Empty Shop, 35c Framwellgate Bridge, Durham DH1 4SY. 7:30pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

CD Review: Samuel Blaser Quartet - Spring Rain

Samuel Blaser (trombone), Russ Lossing (piano, Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer & Minimoog), Drew Gress (double bass) & Gerald Cleaver (drums).
(Review by Russell)
Samuel Blaser’s debut release for Whirlwind Recordings features his established quartet of Russ Lossing, Drew Gress and Gerald Cleaver. An homage to Jimmy Giuffre, Spring Rain comprises twelve tracks (six Blaser tunes, one by Blaser and Lossing, three lesser-known Giuffre numbers and two Carla Bley compositions) embracing jazz, blues, freely improvised sections and Blaser’s scholarly contemporary classical roots.
Recorded in New Jersey and Berlin, Spring Rain is a study for trombone; considered and melodic playing throughout, collective improvisation retaining form and shape. Rarely a frantic workout, the album exudes a quiet dignity often associated with Jimmy Giuffre. A downbeat opening on Giuffre’s Cry Want indicates the direction Blaser wishes to pursue. Trombone multiphonics engage with Lossing’s piano (Fender Rhodes on several tracks), an absence of bass and drums. Homage (to Giufrre?), all sixty xix seconds, is Blaser solo, slow brass band clarity. The title track – Spring Rain – begins darkly; keyboard clusters, abstract, dampened keys, Blaser’s instrument muted, brassy, intense, improvised.
An album of quiet dignity, Spring Rain rarely stretches out. Missing Mark Suetterlyn is a rip-roaring exception. Lossing picks out the melody, master drummer Gerald Cleaver hits on a swinging, bluesy, post-bop groove and takes bassist Drew Gress with him. There is more up tempo playing on the penultimate track – Counterparts – with hints of funk, the leader’s emergent plaintive trombone and collective improvisation. Spring Rain is likely to appeal to trombonists and those with an interest in developments in contemporary, new music. Spring Rain is available on Michael Janisch’s prolific Whirlwind Recordings – WR4670. Samuel Blaser will be in the UK in the autumn of this year to tour the music of Spring Rain, including an appearance at the EFG London Jazz Festival.          
Russell.    

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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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