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Today Saturday May 27

Afternoon
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
Evening
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
Alan Law (solo piano) - Cherry Tree, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE22 2AE. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Jazz Night - Jesmond Library, St. George's Tce., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2DL. 7:30pm. Collection at door. Feat. members of Newcastle Uni. Jazz Orchestra.
Half Hand Hoodoo Blues Band - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

CD Review: Monocled Man – We Drift Meridian

Rory Simmons (trumpet, flugelhorn, keyboards, guitar), Chris Montague (guitar) & Jon Scott (drums) + Emilia Mårtensson (vocals) & Ed Begley (drums)
(Review by Russell)
Simmons layers-up haunting electronic and acoustic landscapes…associated with these far-flung [islands and atolls]. So says the publicity blurb about the new CD by Monocled Man. Multi-instrumentalist Rory Simmons’ distant, troubled trumpet sound stretches out across an expanse of ocean joining modular synths, sequencers and chopped audio
This second album from Simmons and regular collaborators Chris Montague, guitar, and Jon Scott, drums, develops improvisations from predetermined, home-studio-produced sonic environments. Leftfield? Cutting-edge? Or, simply, something other than jazz? Monocled men, as they call themselves, work in contemporary jazz, recording and touring in others’ bands.
Chris Montague is a fine guitarist, Jon Scott an accomplished drummer. This new CD We Drift Meridian drafts in Emilia Mårtensson and Ed Begley to contribute vocals on tracks two, four and six of ten. Multi-layered, densely textured, this Whirlwind Recordings’ CD will find little resonance with a jazz audience. Its (target?) audience is likely to be found in the industrial, post-prog club scene.                   
We Drift Meridian by Monocled Man is released this Friday, 23 September on Michael Janisch’s Whirlwind Recordings (WR 4692). Servants Jazz Quarters, London hosts the album launch on Tuesday 4 October with a support set from Chris Sharkey.   
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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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