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Howard Riley: “When I started out playing jazz back in the late 50s, early 60s, if you wanted a gig you had to learn some standards.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Eric Harland: “I love swing and I’m always going to swing but I also know that you can take a hip-hop groove and improvise with that just like you would with a swing pattern.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Today Friday April 28

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Dean Stockdale Trio - Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Emma Fisk's Hot Club du Nord - St. Cuthbert's Centre, Church Hill, Crook DL15 9DN. 7:30pm.
Matt Roberts Sextet - Voodoo Café, Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 8pm. £6. 01325 467555. Darlington Jazz Festival.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7:00pm.
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Lazy River Jazz Band - Blenkinsopp Castle Inn, Nr. Greenhead CA8 7JS. 8pm. £5. Dancers welcome! 07721 375278 for more details.
To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, August 08, 2015

Paul Edis Trio @ The Jazz Café. August 7

Paul Edis (piano), Mick Shoulder (double bass) & Adam Sinclair (drums)
(Review by Russell/photos courtesy of Mike Tilley).
The Paul Edis Trio at the Jazz Café. Your monthly treat. The place was buzzing from the earlier hour-long set by the Early Birds (see LL’s review). Many in the audience made a night of it – first listening to the young musicians in the upstairs room, then sitting and standing in the downstairs bar to hear Edis, Shoulder and Sinclair.
What Is This Thing Called Love? All three musicians on it from the start. The lid of the piano discarded, its innards on display, a metaphorical glimpse into the mind of the pianist. The hammers in motion created a mechanical, analogue fairground display, much more revealing than any digital alternative. Stompin’ at the Savoy – samba style – then an exceptional Our Love is Here to Stay. Pianist Edis’ magically old school, lagging-behind - the-beat, style worked off the precision of  bassist Mick Shoulder and ace drummer Adam Sinclair. Jobim’s Dindi, then a tune to mark the passing of pianist John Taylor (Paul Edis knew his fellow pianist from York University) – Bill Evans’ Peace Piece played as a solo piano feature.
A keen listener remarked that the set list couldn’t have been better. Freddie Freeloader (a Kind of Modal masterpiece), Basie swing (One O’clock Jump), Yesterdays with a fleeting Four. Quotes peppered Edis’ playing; clever stuff and good fun. ‘What’s that one? It’s...’ The packed room stayed on for the second set. People had travelled from far and wide for the occasion – from Greater Elswick to Germany. Another listener noted the atmosphere – a full house, the majority listening intently, all seats taken, bar stools lining the bar with many standing – as being particularly good. Yes, it was one of those nights.
Paul Edis is like Stan Tracey. You get Ellington and you get Monk. A dream combination – a Monk’s Dream you could say. Adam Sinclair’s brushes skittered over his kit on Emily as expertly as anyone could wish to hear. The trio’s performance just got better and better as we heard the slow take on Take the A Train. This one should be recorded. How about The Paul Edis Trio Live at the Jazz Café? They played on – A Night in Tunisia – and finally, I Could Have Danced All Night. They could have played all night.    
Russell.

3 comments :

  1. Wow !! what a review - what a gig !!! And to be compared to Stan Tracey too !! Sumptuous review of what seems to have been a superb gig.

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  2. Yes Ken Drew! It was indeed a superb gig - all three guys giving it all in that hot and sweaty jazz caff, and with a brilliantly distinctive play list. Oh, and a great review from Russell too .....

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  3. The Jazz Cafe was the place to be last Friday - New York and Ronnie's on Pink Lane. Benny Goodman upstairs, Stan Tracey down and the Paul Edis Trio. The Trio were fantastic and on top of their game. A great session.

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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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