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Allison Neale: “It’s difficult if you play mainstream in the UK, it isn’t appreciated enough. The current scene seems to focus on musician-composers.” - (Jazz Journal April 2013).

Liam Noble: “I know some people think playing standards is old-fashioned but I love it.” – (Jazz Journal January 2016).

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Today Sunday February 19

Afternoon.
Nick Pride (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
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Evening
Lyndon Anderson Band - Bottle Bar & Kitchen, St. James Boulevard, Waterloo Sq., Newcastle NE1 4DN. 6pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, January 09, 2017

CD Review: The Fred Hughes Trio - Matrix

Fred Hughes (piano); Amy Shook (bass); Frank Russo (drums).
(Review by Lance).
Great piano playing, great trio. If I'd heard this live at a gig in Washington DC or even in the UK's Washington CD (County Durham) I'd have been the first in line to buy the CD after what, I'm sure, would have been a great concert.
Classics by Brubeck. Corea, Evans, Hancock, Silver alongside I Got Rhythm, Bach's Two-Part Invention, No. 4 and Tchaikovsky's Andante Cantabile. This latter piece is from Peter Ilyich T's Fifth Symphony and was also recorded by various vocalists, including Sinatra and Al Bowlly as Moon Love. Perhaps Tchaikovsky was the first great tunesmith!
Yes, an essential purchase after the gig.
However, not having heard this at a gig, the thought arises, I've got all this stuff by the originators: Brubeck, Corea etc. Louissier did the Bach stuff and as fine a pianist as Hughes is I doubt if he'd pull me away from the originals.
Also, piano trios abound. Every city in the world probably has more than one. In the North-East of England, and indeed, in most parts of the UK, we have piano trios to take on the world - this Thursday [January 12] at The Globe there is one such gig to back-up my claim.*
An excellent disc that would have benefited from less obvious material but, having said that, It's well worth checking out.
Lance
*Alan Glen Trio - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle. January 12, 8pm.
The Fred Hughes Trio - Matrix is available January 16 - samples.

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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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
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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