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

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, April 28, 2018

CD Review: Dave Manington’s Riff Raff - Challenger Deep

Brigitte Beraha (vocals); Tomas Challenger (tenor saxophone); Ivo Neame (Fender Rhodes, mellotron, Hammond organ); Rob Updegraff (guitar); Dave Manington (double bass); Tim Giles (drums, percussion)
(Review by Russell)
Challenger Deep is Dave Manington’s third album as a bandleader and the second from his Riff Raff sextet. The line-up has remained remarkably stable and perhaps this is a key element in the consistently high-quality music heard on this Loop Collective album. All six musicians are busy in other bands, touring and recording yet make time to sustain Riff Raff’s creative momentum.

 Nine tracks across seventy plus generous minutes comprise Brigitte Beraha’s lyrics on four tunes and her horn-like, wordless vocals on several others. Manington infuses his CD liner notes with gentle humour, poking fun at Tom Challenger in thinking the album was named after him! As one should know Challenger Deep is the deepest ocean trench in the world and Manington expresses wonderment as to what exactly is living down there 11km below the surface. The title track makes one think that drummer Tim Giles has been down there such are the convincing knocking sounds the submariner would expect to make or, spookily, hear on the exterior of a submersible.

Beraha’s light, floating vocals complement, respond to and ignite Tom Challenger’s sinewy tenor lines; similarly on Random Acts of Kindness wordless vocals swirl and swoop, capture, then free guitarist Rob Updegraff to create his own stunning, fluent lines until Beraha turns her attention to Challenger’s tenor once more, voices in unison.

From time to time the sextet works up a head of steam. The elegance remains intact but when the gloves are off (the band name – Riff Raff – tells you all you need to know about these ruffians) the change of gear is quite exhilarating; Prime Numbers and Dangerpig are the two tracks on the CD which best illustrate their collective inclination to dive into uncharted depths and survive to tell the tale. The penultimate track – Thagomizer…ask your kids, it’s to do with dinosaurs – involves free, or freeish sections, more so than Manington’s eight other compositions. Willow Tree closes a fine album which reveals hidden depths the more one listens to it.
Russell
Challenger Deep by Dave Manington’s Riff Raff is released on the Loop Collective label (cat no. 1030) on May 11 with an album launch gig at London’s Vortex on May 12.        

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