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Randy Brecker: "It's still a thrill for me today to stand out front of a big band as the soloist and hear all that sound going on behind you. It brings the best out of me" - (DownBeat June 2019).

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2019 Parliamentary Jazz Awards

The voting is open between now and May 31 to enable site visitors to nominate their choices in the various categories of this year's APPJAG awards which can be done here.
BSH was very proud to be nominated and to win the 2018 Media Award and hope we can have your support again this year.

Today Tuesday May 21

Afternoon

Jazz

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Kamasi Washington - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4461. 7:30pm. £30.00.

River City Jazzmen w. Maureen Hall - Block & Tackle, Blackthorn Way, Ashington NE63 8NN. Tel: 01670 813983. 8:00pm. £5 (raffle inc.) Bob Wade, Gordon Solomon, Keith Stephen, Phil Rutherford, Tommy Graham.

Lindsay Hannon Band - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB.Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

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

Sunday, March 25, 2018

CD Review: Pablo Held Trio - Investigations

Pablo Held (piano); Robert Landfermann (bass); Jonas Burgwinkel (drums)
(Review by Lance).
Robert Towner is quoted thus: "The beautiful music of the Pablo Held Trio strikes me as an important example of the evolution of the piano trio in jazz. They embody the poetry and depth of this tradition, while extending the harmonic and rhythmic possibilities of the tradition. The music of this trio brings me joy knowing that this great art form continues to grow and flourish."
I'll add an Amen to that.
Held has a delicate and sensitive touch, just perfect for the suggestion of melancholia that pervades for much of the album.
Investigations is an apt title for a CD (or LP or digital) that is probing and explorative. All three musicians are continually searching, finding different routes, drawing different but yet sympathetic conclusions.
Bill Evans springs to mind as does Bach and Chopin - influences Held possibly picked up on the journey to his current eminence in the fickle world of contemporary jazz where today's heroes are sometimes scuffling tomorrow. I don't think Held or his henchmen will be scuffling in the near future. Their 2018 schedule includes gigs in Holland, Spain, Switzerland, Austria and, of course, their native Germany. They even get to touch down in London for a session at Pizza on June 16 and one at King's Place on September 1.
With 9 previous albums to their name, it is little wonder they are in such demand.
Not to be judged on a one-off session with next door's baby crying. It needs no distractions - each time you listen is a journey of discovery that may or may not take you to a new world.
Lance.
Realised on April 13 as CD/LP and digital by Edition Records.

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