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Nate Smith: "Record labels, booking agents, management, still can't imagine the drummer as bandleader" - (DownBeat January 2019).

On This Day: December 14

2009: Jim Birkett Trio w. Sue Ferris @ The Cherry Tree.

Today Friday December 14

Afternoon

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free. Xmas party with Gavin Lee added to line-up.

Swing Manouche - Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. Tel: 03000 269 524. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Evening

Boys of Brass - George Washington Hotel, Stone Cellar Road, High Heworth, Washington NE37 1PH. Tel: 0191 402 9988. 7:00pm. Xmas party night.

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Gosforth Civic Theatre, Regents Farm Road, Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3HD. Tel: 0191 284 3700. 8:00pm. £12.00. + bf. First night of two.

Danny Reed - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE33 1ES. Tel: 0191 454 1234. 7:00pm. £19.95. Xmas swing with Danny Reed.

Classic Swing - Gateshead Fell Cricket Club, Eastwood Gardens, Low Fell NE9 5UB. Tel: 0191 420 0160. 8:00pm. £5.00.

Mike Sanchez & the Portions + Groove-a-matics - The Forum Music Centre, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG. Tel: 01325 363135. 7:30pm. £18.00.

Will Howard Trio - Traveller’s Rest, West Auckland Road, Cockerton, Darlington DL3 9ER. Tel: 01642 468177. 8:30pm. £10.00.

Swamp Hoppers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.

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

Saturday, September 30, 2017

CD Review: Pericopes + 1 - Legacy.

Emiliano Vernizzi (tenor); Alessandro Sgobbio (piano/Rhodes); Nick Wight (drums).
(Review by Lance).
In the beginning, Vernizzi and Sgobbio were a duo (Pericopes) who begat three albums winning the Italian TopJazz award, Padova Carrarese Prize and the Umbria Jazz Contest before meeting and collaborating with the American drummer, Wight, and thus becoming Pericopes + 1. They've played many festivals worldwide including a JNE supported concourse gig at the 2016 GIJF. This globetrotting experience gave them the opportunity to 'road test' the material before booking studio time.


It's compelling, at times gripping, material written, in the main, by Sgobbio although Emi chips in with a couple and Nick also has a hand in one of his own. 
Not a disc to play whilst you're washing the dishes or preparing a Pasta Bake; full attention is demanded there being so much going on. It's like one of those paintings where, at first glance, you think the artist, blindfolded, has applied the paint with a multi-barrelled spray gun yet, upon closer inspection, you find pattern and meaning and lo and behold it wins the Turner Prize!
This is a bit like that although not all of it. November Tears is a sound portrait of beauty and sadness. The emotion from the trio, and Emi in particular, almost had me retitling it September Tears! Red Sand Town is almost unbearable in the tension it creates then, just when you think you're heading for a cardiac arrest, it brings you down and by the track end your pulse rate is back to normal.
It's that sort of album. Contrast and cacophony (of the nicest sort!) One to digest without distraction.
Legacy's aim is to pay respect to the iconoclastic artists who bravely followed their creative vision in light of extreme uncertainty. It's up to the listener's imagination to connect the pieces.
Intriguing.
Lance.
PS: Does anyone have any memories of their Gateshead gig?
Legacy is now available in Italy but not until February 2018 in the rest of the world although I think that can be circumnavigated by going to Pericopes website and having a listen too.

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