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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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Friday February 24

Afternoon
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.
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Evening
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.
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Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7:00pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

CD Review: Gary Peacock Trio - Now This

Marc Copland (piano), Gary Peacock (double bass) & Joey Baron (drums)
(Review by Russell)
Publicity for Gary Peacock’s new recording Now This states: In this band, roles are very evenly shared. This is an accurate description of the contribution of all three musicians to a CD marking the eightieth birthday of the celebrated bassist. Eleven compositions, some of them Peacock (ECM) favourites, are truly small group improvisations with a telepathic understanding and anticipation of one another’s ideas.
Peacock has travelled a long way since adopting double bass as his primary instrument in the fifties. Equally at home with Ayler and like-minded firebrands or the tempered school of Motian and co, Now This, Peacock’s new CD on ECM, is rooted in the latter tendency.
Pianist Marc Copland’s close interplay with Peacock is born of years of working together and fellow ECM stable mate Joey Baron (drums) is well-equipped to help realise the trio sound. Gaia and Requiem (the opening and closing tracks) are re-visited from Peacock’s ECM back catalogue, new compositions comprise the greater part, and both Copland and Baron contribute one tune apiece.
Peacock’s lines are, invariably, picked-up on instantaneously by Copland and vice versa. Drummer Baron listens intently, his tight brushes propelling the trio in forward motion. A good example of Baron’s drive is heard on his own composition Esprit de Muse. Quality recording (at the Rainbow Studio, Oslo) enhances the subtleties inherent in the music. As a birthday present from ECM Gary Peacock is certain to be delighted with Now This. The CD is available now – Gary Peacock Now This (471 5388).         
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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