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Benny Golson: "Art is a lifetime commitment." - (DownBeat August 2018.)

George Wein: "The musicians backstage at the Newport Festival said she [Marian McPartland] is more advanced in her harmonic structure than all the other piano players put together." - (DownBeat August 2018.)

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Whilst we appreciate the many emails, texts, messages and other communications we receive requesting album/gig reviews on BSH, regrettably, we are unable to reply to all of them other than those we are able to answer with a positive response.
Similarly, CDs received by post will only be considered if accompanied by sufficient background material.
Finally, bear in mind that this is a jazz-based site when submitting your album.
Lance

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Today Sunday July 22

Afternoon

Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 1pm. Free.

Music by the Sea Jamboree - Jackson's Wharf, The Highlight, Hartlepool TS24 0XN. 4pm. Free. Hosted by the Mick Donnelly Academy of Music.

More Jam - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3:00pm. Free.

Auld Man’s Baccy - Tyne Bar, Maling St, Newcastle NE6 1LP. Tel: 0191 265 2550. 4:00pm. Free

Doggone Daddies - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Jazz Social - Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DE. 3:00pm. New weekly jam session.

Somethin’ Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 5:00pm. Tel: 01325 788564. Matt Case (saxophone) & Mike Hepple (guitar).

Zöe Gilby Trio - Blackett St., Newcastle NE1 7BS. 3 x 30 min. sets (11:30am/1:45pm/4:30pm). Free.

Jazz - Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG inc Rendezvous Jazz (11:00am); Riviera Quartet (2pm).

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Full Americana program.

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Evening

Lickety Split - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £6.00. (£3.00. student).

Left Hand Lewis - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling Street, Gateshead NE8 2BA. Doors 7:00pm. Free.

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

Friday, February 09, 2018

CD Review: Anton Hunter - Article XI

(Review by Steve H)
Having seen and thoroughly enjoyed this band live last December I was very much looking forward to listening to the CD and I certainly wasn’t disappointed. Although the album is just about to be released (February 9*) It was actually recorded live in London and Manchester in 2014!  
The opening number, Retaken, is a fairly straight-ahead piece dominated from the outset by an almost mariachi-style trumpet and a bass solo that really slows things down a bit before the ensemble joins in for an uplifting finale. 

Innards of Atoms is slow and gentle with bandleader Anton Hunter’s guitar providing a lovely background hook throughout. A combination of alto and drums form the core of I Dreamed I Spat out a Bee and despite it being quite evocative of its title it is still a highly entertaining piece. 
C# Makes the World a Better Place has a very eerie dystopian feel to it. Peaceful Assembly the longest track on the CD refers to the title of this eponymous album which refers to Article XI of the European Convention on Human Rights – ‘Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and to freedom of association with others, including the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of their interests.’ The early parts feature a striking trumpet solo the band then embellish proceedings delightfully before the trombone takes centre stage,  as on previous pieces the whole band unites to provide a glorious finish. 
I Almost Told You is a stop-start affair with the drums and trumpet centre stage with the rest of the band circling around giving a carnival-like feel. The album is brought to a close with Not the Kind of Jazz You Like which is exactly the opposite of how I felt about this joyous multi-instrumental bash.
In conclusion a very enjoyable album hard to categorise but easy to enjoy.
Steve H. 
* Today.
Anton Hunter - guitar
Alto Saxophone – Mette Rasmussen
Baritone Saxophone – Cath Roberts
Bass – Eero Tikkanen
Drums – Johnny Hunter 
Tenor Saxophone – Sam Andreae
Tenor Saxophone, Flute – Simon Prince 
Trombone – Richard Foote  Seth Bennett
Trumpet – Graham South, Nick Walters

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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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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.)
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