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Buddy Rich: "You either swing a band or you don't swing a band - (Metronome April 1956).

Sinclair Traill: “Well I don't think he (Chet Baker) can sing either.” – (Jazz Journal August 1956).

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Whilst we appreciate the many emails, texts, messages and other communications we receive requesting album/gig reviews on BSH, regrettably, we are unable to reply to them all other than those we are able to answer with a positive response.
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Lance

Today Thursday December 14

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., nr. Newcastle NE27 0DA. 1:00pm. Free.

Interim Recitals (Final Year Music Students) - Recital Room, Armstrong Building, Newcastle University NE1 7RU. Inc. Ben Richardson (jazz piano) 10:00am.

Evening.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter’s Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. 8:30pm.

Indigo Jazz Voices - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00.

Durham University Big Band - Riverside Bar, Dunelm House, New Elvet, Durham DH1 3AN. 8:30pm (doors 8:00pm). Free admission. The band’s ‘Jazzy Christmas 5’.

Christmas Swing w Danny Reed - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE33 1ES. 7:00pm. £18.95.

Tees Hot Club w. Richie Emmerson (tenor); Dave Archibold (keys) - Dorman’s, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. 8:00pm. Free Xmas Party Night.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

WCEA Big Band - Whitburn Church of England Academy, Whitburn SR6 7EF. Tel: 0191 529 3712. 7:00-9:30pm. £4.00. (£10.00. family of three). Tickets must be purchased in advance by December 8th. ‘Christmas Swing-a-long’ to include school choir. Whitburn Academy competes regularly at the annual Great North Big Band Jazz Festival.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

CD Review: Let Spin – Let Go

Chris Williams (alto saxophone), Moss Freed (guitar), Ruth Goller (bass) & Finlay Panter (drums)
(Review by Russell).
Let Spin is a band of busy musicians working in a variety of contexts, in locations across Europe. When they work together as Let Spin they bring compositional ideas to the table formed from their collective performance experiences. Let Go is their second album. All of the material is informed by the input of all four band members.
Bassist Ruth Goller wrote the opening track I Like to Sound Like a Rainforest on the day Charlie Haden died. Goller said: I have never written anything with such a strong flow. It is Goller’s simple folk-like line that begins the piece giving way to her and Panter’s high energy groove, Chris William’s powerful alto playing and guitarist Moss Freed feeding in a succession of considered chords.   
Williams’ Walt’s Waltz hears the composer’s alto writhing, straining against an insistent heavy bass and drums groove with guitarist Freed’s sound lost in the turbulence of it all. Goller’s All Animals are Beautiful affords Freed the opportunity to be heard, riding over Panter’s constantly shifting patterns before Williams’ sinuous alto takes it down and out.
Disa, the first of Berlin-based Panter’s compositions, features searching alto guided by a snare and cymbals foundation. William’s own composition Killing Our Dreams, a down beat affair, ratchets up the tension, finally dissolving into stillness. Moss Freed’s E.V.A. (Extra Vehicular Activity, i.e. a space walk) begins quietly, viewing Planet Earth from a perspective which few humans have ever done. Then, if not in panic, the realisation that something could go wrong (see Ruth Goller’s CD cover art), invigorates the piece.
Beats and Pieces’ Finlay Panter confesses that Rotation, the album’s penultimate track, is a tribute to all the rock that I love; an unusual time signature, the quartet enjoys a rock ‘n’ roll jazz blowout. Freed’s Rothko’s Field has the effect that the title may suggest it should have on the listener – standing in front of a Mark Rothko canvas invites contemplation. A welcome coda to all that has gone before.
Let Go will be released on October 23 on Efpi Records (FR023). Let Spin’s British tour begins the following day at the Vortex, London, continuing to the Jazz Café, Newcastle 27, Edinburgh 28, Glasgow, 29, Lancaster (the Gregson Arts Centre), 30, and Zeffirelli’s, Ambleside, 30, before finishing up at the Fox and Newt, Leeds, on November 1.          
Russell    

1 comment :

Alex Fiennes said...

tickets available for the Edinburgh show from http://www.rippingrecords.com/tickets.php?id=4591

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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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