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Danny Gatton: "I was tired of playing in beer joints. I wanted to do something tangible like building cars. But once you do music it gets into your blood. You can get away from it for awhile but sooner or later it comes back to you." - (Down Beat April 1991).

Tal Farlow: "There were times when I would stop [playing guitar] and do sign painting." - (Downbeat December 5, 1963)

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Today Monday August 21

Radio
Radio 3: Jazz Now. Live from Pizza Express, Soweto Kinch featuring Andy Sheppard/Carla Bley/Steve Swallow. 11pm.
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Afternoon.
Jazz in the Afternoon - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

GIJF: Courtney Pine & Zoe Rahman @ Sage Gateshead - April 16

Courtney Pine (bass clarinet) & Zoe Rahman (piano)
(Review by Russell/Photo Credit: John Watson/Jazzcamera.co.uk)
For ten years or so Courtney Pine hasn’t picked up his tenor saxophone. As a member of the seminal Jazz Warriors Pine emerged as a welcome new voice on the jazz scene going on to form, tour and record with his own small group. Back in the day, a gig at Riverside (long-since closed) on Melbourne Street, Newcastle heard Pine, the new kid on the block, play commanding post-Coltrane tenor. At the time, Sage Gateshead was but a twinkle in the eye. Decades later Courtney Pine plays the Norman Foster-designed Sage Gateshead venue on a regular basis.
This 2016 concert appearance at the Gateshead International Jazz Festival featured a duo performance with pianist Zoe Rahman. The reedsman has a self-imposed exclusivity pact with the bass clarinet (tenor, and for that matter, soprano saxophone, nowhere to be seen) and it’s been this way for some time. Pianist Zoe Rahman has been working with Pine for some time as a duo and this Gateshead gig tended to focus on the bass clarinet, the piano decidedly adopting a supporting role in their performance of the album Song (The Ballad Book).
Sage One’s crowd knew what they were there for – to hear Courtney Pine, bass clarinetist. Extended solos frequently relegated Rahman, a fine musician, to that of comping pianist. The physical exertion of playing the rarely heard bass clarinet found Pine gulping in air, rehydrating with bottled water and determinedly launching into another lengthy workout.
Windmills of Your Mind, a robust A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square, Amazing Grace – three familiar numbers, all given the full-on treatment by Pine. Zoe Rahman, smiling in typically serene manner, impressed when given the chance and the sizeable audience took the opportunity to show its appreciation. A Child is Born was a tour de force, indeed Pine was a tour de force throughout the one-set performance.  
Terence Blanchard was up next...   
Russell.     

1 comment :

  1. Wasn't there, but review sounds familiar. I recognise what you describe from their gig at the Alnwick Playhouse in May last year! Great gig though!

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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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