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Oscar Peterson: "I find most pianists use too many notes in a chord. They double up an awful lot" - (Crescendo May 1963).

Benny Green (British): "...there was a whole race of men who used to stand in front of their bands, waving their arms, pretending to conduct ... Many of the bandleaders we had worked for had been either crooks or imposters ... " - (Crescendo March 1963).

Today Friday September 21

Afternoon

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

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

Ladies of Midnight Blue - Seven Stories, National Centre for Children's Books, Lime Street, Newcastle NE1 2PQ. Tel: 03000 3301095. 11:00am. £5.00.

Paul Edis - The Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SE. Tel: 0191 232 0192. 1:00pm. £5.00. Edis, solo piano.

Evening

Ronnie Scott's All Stars - Middlesbrough Theatre, The Avenue, Linthorpe, Middlesbrough TS5 6SA. Tel: 01642 815181. 8:00pm. £22.50.

Groove-a-matics - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

George Shovlin & the Radars + Broken Levee - The Peacock, High St West, Sunderland SR1 3ES. Tel: 0191 511 1451. 7:00pm. £10.00. (+ £1.00. b/f). New blues venue.

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

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

CD Review: In Other Words - In Other Words

In Other Words: Alex Thompson (alto saxophone, clarinet); Nathan Lawson (guitar); Dylan Thompson (drums)
(Review by Russell) 
Twelve tracks, all of them more than familiar. The trio of Alex Thompson, reeds, Nathan Lawson, guitar, and Dylan Thompson, drums, will need little introduction to those who follow the Tyneside jazz scene. They’ve been gigging as a trio and in several other bands for a couple of years or so. In Other Words is the name of their band and in December of last year they spent a day at Blast Recording Studios in the Ouseburn, Newcastle laying down the tracks that make up this album.  
Watermelon Man opens the CD and Neal Hefti’s Li’l Darlin’ closes it. Ten other varied tracks give an indication of what they can do. The brisk opener is followed by Dexter Gordon’s Cheese Cake and if you didn’t know of their individual and collective abilities before listening to the CD then by this point you most certainly will!        

On In Other Words Alex plays alto saxophone and clarinet demonstrating a command of the tune, developing sinuous solos, all the while respecting the melody. Guitarist Nathan comps effectively and solos fluently across a range of material. Dylan, the youngest member of the trio, has shown Tyneside audiences what he can do and now he’s put it down on CD. A Foggy Day and Goodbye Pork Pie Hat are considered, beautifully crafted pieces, Caravan and Chameleon are the fun time tunes, the three musicians in the groove, enjoying themselves.

Two unexpected numbers make the cut; Strangers in the Night works surprisingly well, and a duo feature for Alex playing clarinet alongside Nathan’s guitar on Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans? is one of many highlights. Alex stays on clarinet as Dylan picks up the brushes for the final, aforementioned number – Li’l Darlin’ – ensuring the trio does justice to a timeless tune.               
If you didn’t know who these three were you’d never guess they’re still at school. Alex Thompson plays a mean saxophone, clarinet too. Brother Dylan Thompson is a real prospect. A drummer of immense promise, if he really wants to make it there’s nothing stopping him. And guitarist Nathan Lawson knows all the chords. In Other Words gig around town and further afield and now they’ve released a CD it could well encourage regional promoters to offer them a gig.    

Follow In Other Words on Facebook – www.facebook.com/inotherwordsuk – and be sure to buy a copy of their new album!            
Russell

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