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Branford Marsalis: "You talk to the old guys about it [52nd St.], and they say the music part was great. Every other aspect of it [pay, hours, conditions] sucked" - (DownBeat, May 2019).

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Today Sunday April 21

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. Free.

Blues

Beefy La Slap - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Alex Fawcett Band - Tyne Bar, Maling St., Newcastle NE6 1LP. Tel: 0191 265 2550. 4:00pm. Free

Evening

Jazz

East Coast Jazz - Exchange, Howard Street, North Shields NE30 1SE. Tel: 0191 258 4111. 6:00pm. Free. Monthly jam session.

Swing Manouche - Black Bull, Bridge St., Blaydon NE21 4JJ. Tel: 0191 414 2846. 7:30pm. £7.00. Blaydon Jazz Club. Note new, regular start time.

Blues

Sour Mash Trio - 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.

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

CD Review: Wolfgang Muthspiel – Rising Grace

Wolfgang Muthspiel – guitar; Ambrose Akinmusire – trumpet; Brad Mehldau – piano; Larry Grenadier – double bass; Brian Blade – drums.
(Review by Hugh C).
Wolfgang Muthspiel made his ECM leader debut in 2014. The trio disc, Driftwood, featuring him alongside long-time colleagues, bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Brian Blade. For his follow-up – Rising Grace – the Austrian guitarist convened a special quintet, adding Brad Mehldau on piano and trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire to the Grenadier/Blade rhythm section.  On Rising Grace, Muthspiel moves between electric guitar and classically-tinged acoustic six-string.

There is a persistent, but laid-back, underlying groove throughout.  Muthspiel, Mehldau and Akinmusire weave their magic through and between the gently propulsive bass and drums.  That the tone is sweet, doesn't mean any lack of excitement, at time's Akinmusire's trumpet is just below the stratosphere.  The overall sound is a delight to listen to and the joy of the musicians as they playfully parry with each other is palpable.
Ten tracks, with nine composed by Muthspiel.  Rising Grace, Intensive Care, Triad Song, Father and Sun (sic) precede Wolfgang’s Waltz – composed especially for the album by Mehldau.  Superonny and Boogaloo follow, then Muthspiel’s tribute to a late, great ECM artist Den Wheeler, Den Kenny.  Ending Music and Oak complete the package.
Not ground-breaking, but certainly extremely good (as would be expected with the calibre of the musicians and production involved) and very pleasant to listen to.
Hugh.
Rising Grace (ECM2515) is available now as CD or MP3 download.

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