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Buddy Guy: "My mother said, 'You got flowers for me, give 'em to me now, because I'm not going to smell them when you put 'em on the casket'." - (DownBeat September 2018).

Marty Ashby: "I asked him what his gig was and he said 'I put the scores on the music stands'. I said, 'That's a gig?' And I realised there were four floors of guys like him, who supported some of the finest musicians in the world. But I was a jazz musician, and I was used to playing with some of the finest musicians in the world in front of the New York Public Library for tips. That's when I realised that jazz didn't have the same support system as classical music. - (DownBeat September 2018).

Today Thursday August 16

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Holywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. 8:30pm. Free. Sitters in welcome!

Bop 3 - St John’s Hall, Snod’s Edge, Shotley Bridge DH8 9TJ. 7:30pm. £15.00. Tickets from 07766 037893. First night of two. Trio - Snake Davis, Helen Watson & Dave Bowie.

Indigo Jazz Voices - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00. Vocalists acc. by Joel Brown, Paul Grainger & Rob Walker.

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

Tees Hot Club w. Kevin Eland (tpt); Donna Hewitt (sax); Graham Thompson (keys) - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9pm. Free.

Jazz Jam - Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 8pm. Free.

Billy's Buskers: Plug in and Play - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 7:00pm. Free.

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

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

CD Review: Zhenya Strigalev – Never Group

Zhenya Strigalev (alto saxophone), Tim Lefebvre (bass) & Eric Harland (drums) + Bruno Liberda (electronics), John Escreet (keyboards), Alex Bonney (trumpet), Matt Penman (double bass) & Charles Armstrong (voice intro)
(Review by Russell)
This new release from Michael Janisch’s Whirlwind Recordings, featuring altoist Zhenya  Strigalev’s Never Group, adds another dimension to the enterprising bassist’s burgeoning catalogue. The core trio – Strigalev, bassist Tim Lefebvre and Eric Harland (drums) – has a story to tell. Twenty tracks, spanning seventy-four minutes, are rooted in post-jazz drum and bass grooves navigating a post-industrial electronica landscape.
The Never Group’s groove merchants are the brilliant Tim Lefebvre and Eric Harland. Of the twenty numbers, seven are written by the trio. Strigalev’s linear solos develop out of a series of ferocious intros laid down by his band mates. Several numbers are tagged ‘coda 1’, ‘coda 2’ and so on, some with fade-outs. The sense of it is that material was abundant, the tape machine was running and the musicians played and kept on playing. Track one is a spoken introduction by Charles Armstrong, from track two – Bio Active – the musicians take centre stage. Seven minutes of urgent, dynamic playing, Bio Active, is, perhaps, the album’s creative peak.   
Bruno Liberda’s electronics contribute significantly to the CD’s sound, Plastiksackerl im Wind and Heimwehharfe being two examples of his craft while other contributors have a less prominent, but no less effective, part to play. John Escreet (keyboards) convincingly conjures the sound of a church organ on Are You Manageable? Alex Bonney plays a little trumpet (in additional to mixing and editing duties) and double bassist Matt Penman is in there somewhere.
Russell.
Zhenya Strigalev’s CD Never Group is released on Friday 1 April on Michael Janisch’s Whirlwind Recordings (WR4685).       

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