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Ernie Wilkins: “If you don't look at the liner notes, you don't know who in the hell it is. Everybody sounds alike, that same million-note approach. Faceless.” – (Crescendo November 1975).

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Ben Williams: “A lot of jazz today has developed this allergy to simplicity. ‘If it’s simple, that means it’s not hip’ is a theme. But sometimes the simplest thing you can do is the hippest thing you can do.” – (Down Beat August 2015).

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Archives.

Today Wednesday March 22

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Paul Skerritt Band - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
John Harle and Steve Lodder - Royal Grammar School, Eskdale Tce., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 4DX. 7pm. £20 & £10. 60th birthday tour for RGS alumnus Harl.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £4.
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Thursday, September 01, 2016

CD Review: Henrik Jensen’s Followed by Thirteen – Blackwater

Henrik Jensen (double bass), Andre Canniere (trumpet & flugelhorn), Esben Tjalve (piano) & Antonio Fusco (drums)
(Review by Russell).
Dane Henrik Jensen has been involved in the British jazz scene for the best part of two decades having relocated to London to study music in 1997. Followed by Thirteen is a quartet, formed in 2010, comprising Jensen’s fellow countryman Esben Tjalve (piano), American trumpet and flugelhorn player Andre Canniere and Italian drummer Antonio Fusco. Blackwater is the band’s second album following on from the 2013 debut release Qualia.

Blackwater’s eight tracks were written by Jensen with each one right out of the straight ahead bag. Andre Canniere sets the standard on The Dutch Danemann with some first class trumpet playing. London-Berlin hears Canniere’s muted horn, owing something to Miles on Seven Steps to Heaven. Listening drummer Antonio Fusco responds rapidly to unfolding events with shimmering cymbals and deft work on the snare. Three tracks in, time to slow things down on Bonza. Canniere switches between trumpet and flugelhorn.

The bandleader introduces Riccardo’s Room. Jensen’s secure bass pattern invites pianist Tjalve to stretch out on a thoughtful solo underpinned by Fusco’s sparkling momentum.
Tjalve references old school piano playing in a contemporary setting on Schur-as with a blues feeling at his fingertips as Andre Canniere’s late-night phrasing spills over into the penultimate tune on the album, the intriguingly titled The Unready.                      
Russell.

Blackwater by Henrik Jensen’s Followed by Thirteen is released September 2 on Jellymould Jazz (JM-JJ023). Jensen tours throughout September beginning with a CD launch September 6 at London’s Pizza Express, Soho, London with a date at the Jazz Café, Newcastle September 27.      

1 comment :

  1. Looking forward to seeing the Quartet down here in South Devon on Monday 12 Sept in the beautiful intimate acoustic of the medieval St Lawrence Chapel. More info at https://www.facebook.com/events/1725048997748329/

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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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