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Danny Gatton: "I was tired of playing in beer joints. I wanted to do something tangible like building cars. But once you do music it gets into your blood. You can get away from it for awhile but sooner or later it comes back to you." - (Down Beat April 1991).

Tal Farlow: "There were times when I would stop [playing guitar] and do sign painting." - (Downbeat December 5, 1963)

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Today Wednesday August 23

Afternoon
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
New Orleans Jazz at the Village Hall - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.
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Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Billy's Acoustic Blues - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free (weekly).
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, May 22, 2017

CD Review: VEIN - The Chamber Music Effect

Michael Arbenz (piano), Thomas Lähns (bass) & Florian Arbenz (drums & tabla)
(Review by Russell).
VEIN’s new album traverses the history of the jazz piano trio from Bill Evans to the present with a nonchalance that is the preserve of the supremely gifted. An all-original album of eight tracks with  writing credits shared between the musicians (primarily the Arbenz brothers) The Chamber Music Effect  pays homage to the jazz piano trio format and seeks to explore and extend possibilities as jazz moves into its second century.

The Swiss trio claim to have taken a university-of-life route into the world of jazz. A classical music training doesn’t appear to have been a hindrance in gaining admittance to the club (the jazz club)! VEIN possess all the technique and it is the execution of ideas that places them a cut above. From the opening Boarding the Beat (comp. Florian Arbenz) to the closing Ballet of the Monkeys (comp. Michael Arbenz) their collective jazz chops are in evidence. Sandwiched in between are reflective chamber pieces (the Bill Evans’ influence), virtuosic flights (bassist Thomas Lähns’ solo on Michael Arbenz’s Sheherazade) and Florian Arbenz’s In Medias Res (imagine the Mahavishnu Orchestra in full flight tackling the baroque).
Vein or VEIN formed around a decade ago and their 2014 album Vote for Vein won the trio greater recognition on the British jazz scene. The Chamber Music Effect promises to win further accolades. The Chamber Music Effect by Vein (catalogue no. UTR 4716) is available now. The trio with their special guest Greg Osby can be heard tonight Monday 22 May at the Pizza Express, Dean Street, London. For details of forthcoming concerts visit www.vein.ch                    

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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