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Howlin' Wolf: “He [Charlie Patton] was a nice guy, but he just loved the bottle--like all the rest of the musicians. He was a great drinker.” – (DownBeat December 16, 1967).

Frank Zappa: “Those kids [US students] wouldn't know music if it came up and bit 'em on the ass.” – (DownBeat October 3, 1969).

Today Thursday April 26

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Tees Valley Jazzmen - No.1 Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL12 7NJ. Tel: 01388 665533. 12:30pm. Free admission.

Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society - Gateshead Central Library, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead NE8 4LN. 5:00pm. Fortnightly meetings, all welcome.

Evening

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Millstone, Haddrick’s Mill Road, South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 1QL. 0191 2853229. 7pm.

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Holywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. 8:30pm. Free.

Bearpark Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £3 (£2 student/MU.).

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

Tees Hot Club w. Kevin Eland (tpt); Donna Hewitt (sax); Graham Thompson (keys) - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9pm. Free.

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

Friday, March 02, 2018

CD Review: Kit Downes - Obsidian

Kit Downes (pipe organs) + Tom Challenger (tenor saxophone on track 5)
(Review by Russell)
An album of pipe organs! Improvising jazz pianist Kit Downes also plays the church pipe organ, or rather he did. As a child, he sang in a cathedral choir in Norwich and took lessons with the organist showing an aptitude for improvising. He has maintained an interest in the organ, occasionally visiting churches to play the instrument. In November 2016, Downes recorded this CD on three organs in three churches.


The instruments, of varying dimensions, have their individual characteristics and Downes sought to highlight the differences in his compositions written for the three site-specific organs. In the album’s liner notes Downes explains that at a lower volume the instruments’ subtleties are readily revealed, as opposed to their capacity at full-throttle to be utterly overwhelming. Ten tracks; eight of them are Downes’ compositions, one is co-written with his father Paul Downes and one is an arrangement of  Black is the Colour. The latter is markedly ‘traditional’ compared to Downes’ compositions on which he improvises freely. The CD (recorded at St John’s in Snape, Suffolk, St Edmund’s in Bromeswell, Suffolk, and Union Chapel, London) was recorded close up to the instruments ‘so you can hear all the mechanical noises…’


Saxophonist Tom Challenger is heard on one track – Modern Gods – which, on first hearing, could be Downes, but is most definitely tenor saxophone. This ECM release, as one has come to expect, is beautifully recorded and the CD’s artwork is typically that of the German label.
Russell. 
Obsidian by Kit Downes is released on ECM (ECM 2559 5782651).             

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