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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 Saturday February 25

Afternoon

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Devonport Hotel, 16-18 The Front, Middleton One Row, Darlington DL2 1AS. 01325 332255. 1:30pm. Free.

Evening

Bradley Johnston (Solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.

Redemption - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5.

Rendezvous Jazz/ Levee Ramblers NOJB 'At the Jazz Band Ball 2' - The Exchange, Howard St., North Shields NE30 1SE. 7:30pm. £10/£8.50.

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Wednesday, July 01, 2015

CD Review:Joel Harrison 5 - Spirit House

Joel Harrison (guitar & voice), Cuong Vu (trumpet), Paul Hanson (bassoon), Kermit Driscoll (bass), Brian Blade (drums & voice) + Everett Bradley (voice) & Adam Klipple (Hammond B-3)
(Review by Russell).
Michael Janisch’s Whirlwind Recordings label continues to release new material at a rate of knots. Joel Harrison’s Spirit House is a quintet assembly of the guitarist and four of his musical collaborators. The leader has written pieces with the musicians in mind, this isn’t a guitar-centric album. Trumpet and bassoon plus Harrison’s ‘saturated guitar voicings’ – a three-horn frontline – work with the bass and drums dream team of Kermit Driscoll and Brian Blade.
Harrison’s aforementioned ‘voicings’ encourages one to listen intently; is that Harrison’s guitar? Is it Cuong Vu’s electronically reconfigured trumpet? Could it be bassoonist Paul Hanson? No matter, the strong soloist is trumpeter Vu. Embracing Miles (circa 1970) and Kenny Wheeler’s sound, Vu stretches out on several of the nine tracks on Spirit House. A prog rock core to the album is evinced in Harrison’s Pink Floyd-inspired vocals.
All the compositions are Harrison’s except Paul Motian’s Johnny Broken Wing. The track suggests Kenny Wheeler way down in Mississippi! Harrison’s rhythm section is of A-list calibre. Agile bassist Kermit Driscoll works in tandem with the in demand, creative Brian Blade. Spirit House reaches out far beyond any notion of jazz parameters. Those prepared to listen beyond the jazz spectrum will be richly rewarded. 
Joel Harrison 5 Spirit House is released on July 6 on Whirlwind Recordings (WR4673). In the autumn Harrison will tour the album in the UK.   
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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