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Today Saturday May 27

Afternoon
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
Evening
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
Alan Law (solo piano) - Cherry Tree, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE22 2AE. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Jazz Night - Jesmond Library, St. George's Tce., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2DL. 7:30pm. Collection at door. Feat. members of Newcastle Uni. Jazz Orchestra.
Half Hand Hoodoo Blues Band - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

CD Review: Jeff Herr Corporation - Layer Cake (On at Jazz Café Tonight)

Jeff Herr (drums), Laurent Payfert (double bass) & Maxime Bender (tenor & soprano saxophones)
(Review by Russell)
Drummer Jeff Herr’s trio recorded a third CD two years ago in Luxembourg and released it earlier this year in the UK. The ‘Corporation’ line-up has evolved over time and Layer Cake features bassist Laurent Payfert and saxophonist Maxime Bender. Twelve tracks, of which five are brief sketches – ranging from fifty one seconds to one hundred and twenty four seconds – are composed by members of the trio, the oddity being The Man Who Sold the World.
The Funky Monkey and A-Rabi Dub introduce the trio; a drum groove intro, tenor funk, a hint of Orient House. These opening tracks do not signal the album’s development. Wind – all ninety six seconds of it – quietly deflates the Luxembourg monkey’s funky balloon. Bassist Payfert’s tenor-led Danse sucrée takes it down further, as does the second of the sketches. David Bowie’s tune – the longest track on the CD – is, presumably, a favourite of the Herr Corporation.
The icing on Layer Cake is a furious free piece with Bender on soprano. Superb playing all round, but, regrettably, one minute and five seconds is all we get. Journey to the Bliss succeeds with mid-tempo tenor exploring Herr’s tune. The eponymous closing track is a good example of drummer Herr’s command of his instrument; sharp, incisive, inviting a response from Bender’s tenor and Payfert’s assured bass playing. Jeff Herr Corporation – Layer Cake is available now on Igloo (Igloo IGL259). The trio will make a first visit to the UK in September playing gigs in Newcastle (Jazz Café), Tuesday 29 and at the Vortex, London the following evening. 
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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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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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