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Ben Williams: "Jaco [Pastorius] is almost like the Charlie Parker of the bass." - (DownBeat November 2018).

Dana Hall: "My philosophy is that everyone in the band is a drummer." - (DownBeat November 2018.)

Today Saturday October 20

Afternoon

NYJO + Tees Valley Youth Big Band - Middlesbrough Town Hall, Albert Road, Middlesbrough TS1 2QJ. Tel: 01642 729729. 3:00pm. £12.00. Middlesbrough Jazz Weekender.

Evening

Big Chris Barber Band - Middlesbrough Town Hall, Albert Road, Middlesbrough TS1 2QJ. Tel: 01642 729729. 7:30pm. £15.00. Middlesbrough Jazz Weekender.

Dinosaur - Middlesbrough Town Hall, Albert Road, Middlesbrough TS1 2QJ. Tel: 01642 729729. 10:00pm. £12.00. Middlesbrough Jazz Weekender.

Smokin’ Spitfires - Scarth Hall, 5 South Green, Staindrop DL2 3LD. 7:30pm.

The Hookahs - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

CD Review: Casey Golden Trio - Miniature

Casey Golden (pno); Bill Williams (bs); Ed Rodriguez (dms/perc)
(Review by Lance).
I enthused over the trio's last recording - Outliers - and I anticipated doing the same here. Well I do but, it doesn't quite grab me the way Outliers did. Don't get me wrong, consisting entirely of a single piece in 4 parts, Miniatures, an EP, is better than most contemporary piano albums I've listened to this year and, probably, if I'd heard this album first, I might be saying the same about Outliers!
Like so many of today's bands, you love them when you hear them live. However, that magic so often vanishes the following day when you play the disc, that you bought with such eagerness at the gig,  on the car stereo. Not having been in Sydney recently (or ever), I haven't actually heard the trio live but I guess you know what I mean
Of course, this isn't car stereo material - not if you want to hang on to your licence! It's contemporary chamber jazz. Music to listen to without the distraction of traffic, nagging wives or screaming kids. It's music to listen to, to enjoy and analyse if you have that advanced musical brain. EST springs to mind - I think it did after I heard their previous release.
Golden may be the best thing to come out of Australia since, er, since, er, since Bradman's 1948 test team!
Miniature is released on July 15 - check it out here.
Lance.

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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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