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Piers Paul Read: "Bruce Reynolds and Biggs shared an interest in Sex, Jazz and Hemingway." - (The Train Robbers by Piers Paul Read, Coronet Books 1979.)

George Shearing: "Speaking about Johann Sebastian Bach I think he'd be a real jazzer if he were alive today. I mean any man who has two wives, twenty kids, gets kicked out of the church for being too harmonically radical and drinks beer can't be all wrong can he?" - (Crescendo March 1984.)

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Today Wednesday July 18

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8:00pm. £1.00.

Gala Big Band: BRASS for Sir Bobby - Durham Miners’ Hall, Flass Street, Durham DH1 4BE. 7:30pm. £10 Durham Brass Festival.

Reel Brass + Shake ‘Em Up Jazz Band - Front Street, Chester le Street, Co. Durham DH3. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Town centre street performance. Durham Brass Festival (Street Ceilidh).

Steve Glendinning & Debra Milne - Dun Cow, Brandling Village, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 4RS. 8pm. Free.

Big BRASS Bash - Timothy Hackworth Park, Shildon. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Durham Brass Festival.

Northern Monkey Brass Band - Timothy Hackworth Park, Central Parade, Shildon DL4 1DL. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Big BRASS Bash (Durham Brass Festival).

Community Hall New Orleans Band - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm £3.00.

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson Street, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

Tyne Valley Junior Jazz Ensemble + Tyne Valley Youth Big Band + Tyne Valley Big Band - Phoenix Club & Bar, Chisholm Place, Hexham NE46 1QL. 6:00pm. Donations.

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

Thursday, August 11, 2016

CD Review: Zach Larmer Electric Band – Inner Circle

(Review by Russell)
Miami-based guitarist Zach Larmer states: People often tell me they hear Metheny in my playing, but that’s like hearing Charlie Parker in a saxophonist’s playing. Pat Metheny, an undoubted influence on a generation of guitarists, is, as Larmer’s press release states: a compulsory rather than conscious influence. Larmer’s debut recording as a band leader   dispels any notion of the young guitarist being a mere Metheny clone.

Zach Larmer’s Electric Band at its core is a quartet; Larmer, Tal Cohen (keyboards) and a choice of bassist (Juan Pablo Diaz and Jermaine Walden) and similarly, a choice between drummers Rodolfo Zuniga and David Chiverton. Recorded at 10k Islands in Miami Inner Circle is augmented by brass and reeds on this ‘live’ studio recording with no editing and with an audience present. Seven tracks spanning sixty six minutes, five tracks are Larmer originals, plus one from bassist Juan Pablo Diaz, and one standard to close it out – Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise.  
The musicianship is of the highest standard and the group sound – the quartet plus a brass and reeds’ section – references seventies’ jazz-rock with an insistent funk groove. Larmer knows his stuff; Joe Pass to John Scofield and more are assimilated in his playing.
I Left it Bayou hears killer bass and drums laying it down and Friedrichshain (comp. Juan Pablo Diaz) features the trumpet playing of Brian Lynch. Larmer’s other trumpeter on the session, John Daversa, who plays his EVI on the opening number On the Dock, and again on the title track, Inner Circle, is heard on the latter number alongside tenor saxophonist Aldo Salvent.
Russell.   
Inner Circle by the Zach Larmer Electric Band is available now. For further details of a fine debut recording visit: www.zachlarmer.com                          

Zach Larmer (guitar), John Daversa (trumpet, EVI), Brian Lynch (trumpet), Aldo Salvent (saxophone), Tal Cohen (keyboards), Juan Pablo Diaz (bass), Jermaine Walden (bass), Rodolfo Zuniga (drums) & David Chiverton (drums)

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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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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