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Artie Shaw: “I'm not interested in giving people what they want--I'm interested in making music.” – (DownBeat October 15, 1939).

Jason Marsalis: “There's so many places that this music can go and there's a lot yet to be discovered.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Sunday March 18


Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 12 noon. Free.

Jason Isaacs & the Ambassadors of Swing - Hoochie Coochie, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. 5:30pm (doors 4:00pm). £16.00.

Revolutionaires - Tyne Bar, Maling St, Newcastle NE6 1LP. 3pm. Free.

Somethin’ Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 5:00pm. Tel: 01325 788564. Matt Case (saxophone) & Mike Hepple (guitar).


POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER! Zoë Gilby Quartet - Black Bull, Bridge Street, Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8:00pm. £5.00. Rescheduled August 19.

Alter Ego - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00.

Bradley Johnston - The Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 6:00pm. Free. New weekly residency.

Gypsy Dave Smith - 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.

Thursday, September 01, 2016

CD Review: Sean Foran – Frame of Reference

Sean Foran (piano & Fender Rhodes), Stuart McCallum (guitars), Julian Argüelles (tenor & soprano saxophones), Ben Davis (cello) & Joost Hendrickx (drums)
(Review by Russell)
‘Sean Foran’s love of minimalist composers are evident in his compositions’. Record label publicity for the Australian pianist and composer’s new CD makes it clear that the likes of Phillip Glass and Steve Reich are favourites with ‘an anthemic, cinematic touch’.
The participation of cellist Ben Davis perhaps lends an authenticity to the chamber based approach sought by Foran in the making of Frame of Reference. Julian Argüelles plays a significant role on the album on both tenor and soprano saxophones. Stuart McCallum is featured on acoustic guitars.

Dare to Dream (track four of eight) is minimalism all the way. Serial hypnotic sounds – generated by unspecified fx – give way to Argüelles, Joost Hendrickx’ percussive beats, and the strings of Davis, McCallum and the Curtis Schwartz Studio’s piano, upon which Foran improvises. Argüelles’ exquisite, anguished soprano saxophone on Mish Mash is a particular delight, as is Hendrickx’ contribution behind the interplay of piano and guitar.
Frame of Reference was recorded on January 31 and  February 1, 2015.                      
Frame of Reference is released on Jazzhead (Head 222) on September 2.
Sean Foran tours England in October. A performance at the Bridge Hotel in Newcastle on Sunday October 9 will be in duo format with Stuart McCallum.  


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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.
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