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Frank Tate: “Travelling’s part of life. It just goes with the job. It’s in one’s best interests, I think, to enjoy it, because it’s sure what you’re gonna be doing!” – (Jazz Journal February 1992)

Joe Temperley"I was on the bus as Carney's replacement. I said to Harold Ashby 'Where are we going?' He answered 'What difference does it make?' " - (Jazz UK January 2013.)

Archives.

Today Sunday January 22

Afternoon.
Joel Byrne McCullough (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
Going Dutch (part 1 of Double Dutch gig) - Lit & Phil, 23 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SE. 2pm. £12/£10. JNE.
Alan Law - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. Free 2.pm 0191 2331010.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
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Evening
Going Dutch (part 2 of Double Dutch gig) - Lit & Phil, 23 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SE. 7pm. £12/£10. JNE.
Anth Purdy & Friends - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling St., Gateshead NE8 2BA. 6pm. Free with a 'jar at the bar' collection.
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Jam Session - Empty Shop, 35c Framwellgate Bridge, Durham DH1 4SY. 7:30pm. 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.  

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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