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2019 Parliamentary Jazz Awards

The voting is open between now and May 31 to enable site visitors to nominate their choices in the various categories of this year's APPJAG awards which can be done here.
BSH was very proud to be nominated and to win the 2018 Media Award and hope we can have your support again this year.

Today Wednesday May 22

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Julija Jacenaite & Alan Law - Jazz Café, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 261 5618. 2:00pm. Free. Café Mezzanine (first floor, access via crafts shop).

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Blues

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

David Murray, Terri Lyne Carrington, Geri Allen @ Cadogan Hall, EFG London Jazz Festival - November 19 - 19th Nov.

David Murray (tenor, bass clarinet), Geri Allen (piano), Terri Lyne Carrington (drums).
(Review by Steve T)
This was the big Jazz night. Kandace was as much soul, Blood was as much funk and Billy Bell was all about the soul. The second Saturday promised two premier league female Jazz artists and a pair of tenor titans.
The last time I saw these two ladies they were with a third; one Esperanza Spalding who caused a veritable tsunami with a vocal performance fifty minutes in and turned up at Sage Gateshead with Jack Dejohnette and Joe Lovano a few months later.
This time out they were joined by saxophone colossus (is this title transferable?) David Murray.
The absence of bass is a central premise of the group, but a recent interview with Murray didn't really illuminate whether the three would fulfil the function on their respective instruments or whether the absence itself becomes a stylistic feature.
Most of the set was pulled from their recent album Perfectionand while it's a perfectly good album, the absence of bass, at best makes no difference and at worst, doesn't work. Indeed, the strongest track is Ornette’s Perfection where they're joined by other musicians, including Charnett Moffett on bass.
Murray was dominant from the off, encompassing the entire history of his instrument but remaining distinctly now: powerful, inventive, sensitive and soulful with flawless technique.
Terri Lyne Carrington didn't initially spread much TLC around her kit, proving herself a powerhouse player across her expansive setup, making her the heir to Billy Cobham, though she hasn't earned her second bass drum yet. However, as it went on, she revealed a lighter touch and a varied palette of percussion instruments during quieter moments.  
The bass was mostly missed when the piano was out, though Geri is a pianist who can and does play everything, and the rapport between the two ladies was evident. It may be contentious (moi?) to suggest the piano doesn't do it like a Hammond does.
Amongst the finer moments were the exchanges between sax and drums - Murray signalling Gerri when to drop out - but were enhanced exponentially by the jouissance accompanying the return of the piano.
Overall it was very free with abrupt endings, motifs unresolved and a general un-fulfilment of themes, accompanied by the inevitable early departures from the audience, though the majority seemed appreciative to be part of it.
Murray switched to bass clarinet, popping notes out on Father Peter O’brienthe most structured and traditional  of the set which Gerri Allen hoped would capture the joyfulness of the man she wrote it for. 
As great as Carrington is, we didn't need two drum solos but I'm knit-picking. A great performance from three premier practitioners of their generation on the cusp of becoming elder statespersons. It didn't particularly miss the bass but didn't benefit from its absence either.
Geri did most of the announcements with the others chipping in, the set featuring originals from each of them. It was recorded and will be on BBC radio on 28th.

Support came from Nerija, a seven piece, all-female band featuring guitar,bass, drums, bone, alto, tenor and trumpet. Jazz, hi-life and Afro-beat - add funk, reggae and soca/ calypso with some Spanish sounds. One to watch.
Steve T.

4 comments :

Anonymous said...

OMG!! The guitarist in Nérija is Shirley Tetteh. Nothing male about her! Despite the short hair and lack of make up. They are a seven piece female collective out of the well known educational set up of Tomorrows Warriors. Please amend pronto!

Lance said...

Amended pronto and with apologies. Our reviewer is on his way to Specsavers as we speak.

Anonymous said...

Great! Apology accepted.

Steve T said...

Specsavers don't do it for me anymore. I've been advised to go to proper opticians from now on and was there on Friday morning though the glasses haven't arrived yet.
I thought she was a bit good.
Apologies.

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