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Hugh Masekela: “I advise every kid to check out their past because without a past you are in limbo.” (Songlines December 2017)

Leo Richardson: “I think your image is really important. You look at those old Blue Note recordings and you look at the liner note, the booklet and they’re in the studio and they’re wearing shirt and ties. They used to wear suits all the time.” – (Jazzwise December 2017/January 2018)

Submissions for review

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.
Similarly, CDs received by post will only be considered if accompanied by sufficient background material.
Finally, bear in mind that this is a jazz-based site when submitting your album.
Lance

Today Friday December 15

Afternoon

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz Café Christmas Party - Jazz Café. 8:00pm. Julija Jacenaite & Alan Law (8:00pm), Mo Scott Band (9:00pm). £10.00. (£8.00. advance).

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Gosforth Civic Theatre, Regent Farm Road, Gosforth NE3 3HD. Tel: 0191 258 4111. 7:30pm. First night of two. A guaranteed sellout.

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

Ray Dales - Traveller’s Rest, West Auckland Road, Cockerton, Darlington DL3 9ER. 8:30pm. £8.00.

The Standards - Bar Loco, Leazes Park Road, Newcastle NE1 4PG. 7:00pm. Free. South American band playing a Greenpeace benefit.

CoSYJO - Washington Arts Centre, Biddick Lane, Fatfield, Washington NE38 8AB. Tel: 0191 561 3455. 7:00pm. £6.00. (£4.00. concs.). CoSYJO (City of Sunderland Youth Jazz Orchestra).

Smokin’ Spitfires - Platform 1, Station Street, Bedlington NE22 7JW. Tel: 01670 828808. 7:00pm. £5.50. Enhanced line-up (The Mighty Smokin’ Spitfires) with David Blakey (trumpet) & Lloyd Howell (drums).

Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.

Sophie Armstrong: Jazz at Christmas - Maltings Theatre & Cinema, Eastern Lane, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1AJ. Tel: 01289 330999. 7:30pm. £13.00.

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

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

CD Review: Elliot Galvin Trio – Punch

Elliot Galvin (piano, kalimba, melodicas, accordion, cassette player & stylophone), Tom McCredie (double bass) & Simon Roth (drums, percussion & glockenspiel)
(Review by Russell).
Elliot Galvin’s mother: Elliot! Elliot!
Elliot Galvin: Yes?
Elliot Galvin’s mother: Stop that noise!
Elliot Galvin: What noise?
I don’t know what that boy is getting up to, it sounds like a Punch and Judy show! said Galvin’s mother to herself.
Punch is Elliot Galvin’s second release as a trio with bassist Tom McCredie and Simon Roth (drums, percussion & glockenspiel). Variously annoying, comic, dark and simply brilliant, Elliot’s new CD, his first on Edition Records, is quite something. Ten tracks, a running time of a little over thirty-eight minutes, Punch covers a lot of ground. Perhaps Galvin sees the recording studio as a playground. Forget Lego, the leader prefers to play with a kalimba, a modified melodica, a cassette player (Punch and Judy) and stylophone. Punch and Judy opens the show – the cassette player still has its uses! The music which follows (tracks two and three and five to ten, track four doesn’t count!) features dazzling musicianship, the trio’s command of a kaleidoscopic range of styles defies belief. Their ability to switch from groove to bop to swing at the flick of a switch is truly impressive.
Galvin plays accordion on Hurdy-Gurdy, a kalimba on Tipu’s Tiger, on which drummer Simon Roth plays glockenspiel, suggesting they are multi-talented and they are. Hurdy-Gurdy opens with some sparkling piano playing supported by Roth’s super-slick brushes with the band leader introducing his unsettling accordion. Roth maintains the uneasiness with a disturbing, chiming glockenspiel on Tipu’s Tiger. 
Blop and Lions are at the heart of this new CD. Galvin detuned one of his melodicas by a quartertone (as one does) and goes for it – more Be-Blop than Blop. Rahsaan Roland Kirk would have approved, indeed he would have joined in! Galvin used duct tape to cover the piano strings on Lions as the bop-feel continues. Mack the Knife is as you probably won’t have heard it. The composer would surely recognise, and approve of, Galvin’s treatment as he strips away any care-free saloon bar pastiche and presents a dark reading of a 1930s prescient masterwork. Bassist Tom McCredie is commanding throughout; creative, fully engaged and a reassuring presence.          
Punch isn’t easy listening, rather, fascinating listening. Hearing the Elliot Galvin Trio live will no doubt reveal more. The album launch is at the Vortex, London on 1st August. The CD Punch by the Elliot Galvin Trio is released on 29th July on Edition Records (EDN 1076).   
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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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.)
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