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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 Thursday April 27

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone, Newcastle (ish) NE27 0DA. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Maine St. Jazzmen - Potters Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. 8:30pm. 0191 4888068
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Dave Weisser & Alan Law - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5. (Students free).
BABMUS Presents - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £3 (£2 students).
Strictly Smokin' Big Band - The Millstone, Haddrick's Mill Rd., South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3DB. Free. 7pm. Open rehearsal.
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Emma Fisk's Hot Club du Nord - Lubetkin Theatre, East Durham College, Willerby Grove, Peterlee SR8 2RR.7pm. £8. 07425 145549.
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Paul Skerritt Band - The Pennyweight, Bakehouse Hill, Darlington DL1 5QA. 9pm. Free. 01325 468411.
Jazz Workshop w. Matt Roberts - Art Gallery, Crown St., Darlington DL1 1ND. 6pm. £5. Registration required. Part of Darlington Jazz Festival.
Richie Emmerson Quartet w Richie (tenor); Ted Pearce (keys); Alan Smith (bass) + drums tba - Dorman's, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - The Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees. 8:30pm.
Pocket Jazz Orchestra + Noel Dennis (trumpet) - The Ship, Church Lane, Redmarshall, Stockton TS21 1EP. Free. 8pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

CD Review: Paul Edis – Just Like Me/Not Like Me

Paul Edis (piano)
(Review by Russell)
Paul Edis’ new CD is a two-disc recording of compositions for solo piano. Recorded at the Literary and Philosophical Society, Newcastle on 22nd July 2013 and 5th June 2015 on the Edis Music label the release documents the pianist’s exploration of the art of solo improvisation. The gatefold CD design invites the listener to choose the first disc (to the left hand side) Just Like Me. This is the most recent recording and there is the temptation to listen to the other, earlier disc, first.
Temptation resisted, Just Like Me was first into the CD player. Twelve tracks (eight Edis’ compositions, four others variously ‘jazz standard’ and ‘traditional’) of considered piano playing illustrate the pianist’s innate sensitivities to compositional structure, the physical relationship with the keyboard and that most elusive quality…taste. Classical training has afforded Edis a command of his chosen instrument and the opening two tracks – Montage and Murmuration – suggest classicism is ever present in his thought processes.
Jazz improvisation is upper most on tracks such as the eponymous Just Like Me and John Coltrane’s Giant Steps. A reworking of Greensleeves and the commissioned composition For Kathleen are masterful performances, as is Percy Grainger’s Country Gardens.
The second disc – Not Like Me – was first made available as a download. This double CD release makes it an essential purchase for the audiophile. Twelve tracks (nine Edis’ tunes, two instantly recognisable popular music tunes and a jazz standard), recorded almost two years before the first disc, are of the same high quality. Pulse opens the disc and there is a clearly delineated pulse running throughout the piece. Indeed, a rhythmic pulse or flow is discernable across several tracks, notably My Favourite Things (track nine). Vignette has an interesting effect on the listener…Who’s that by? The realisation that it is by Paul Edis is disconcerting because it is so familiar! The opening notes of Bring Me Sunshine raise a smile every time. Edis takes the tune for a walk, laughing all the way. Dudley Moore and others would have approved. Sunrise closes the recording (Sunset closes the first CD).
The CD was recorded, engineered, mixed and mastered by Adam Sinclair and produced by Adam Sinclair and Paul Edis. Cover design by Kate Edis.
Just Like Me/Not Like Me by Paul Edis is available on Edis Music.
Just Like Me/Not Like Me is a five star recording. CD of the Year.
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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