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John Tynan: "Go ahead, call me reactionary. I happen to object to the musical nonsense being peddled in the name of jazz by John Coltrane and his acolyte Eric Dolphy." - (Downbeat November 22, 1961).

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McCoy Tyner: "If anyone want to know how the three of us - Elvin, Jimmy and me - felt about John [Coltrane], listen to the music and you can hear the love and respect we had for each other. The music can really speak more than any of us." - (Melody Maker, August 19, 1967).
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Today Tuesday April 25

Evening
Playtime Collective w. Martin Kershaw (alto); Graeme Stephen (guitar); Mario Caribe (bass); Tom Bancroft (drums). - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £10/£8 (conc.). JNE/Schmazz.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond Ave. Newcastle NE2 3EX. £5. 8:30pm.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
Lickety Split - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham. 9:00pm. Free (bucket collection).
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

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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