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

On This Day: December 14

2009: Jim Birkett Trio w. Sue Ferris @ The Cherry Tree.

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, May 05, 2018

CD Review: The Brubeck Brothers - Timeline

Chris Brubeck (bass guitar/ bass trombone); Dan Brubeck (drums); Mike DeMicco  (guitar); Chuck Lamb (piano)
(Review by Lance).
I've long been a Brubeck fan, albeit not a hero-worshipper oblivious to his sometimes heavy-handed approach, but one who appreciated his sincerity, his compositional qualities and (most of the time) his piano playing. Brubeck's innovative use of unusual time signatures brought a new dimension to modern jazz that only now is being brought into the jazz mainstream.
Given this background, it isn't surprising that his family are continuing to keep his legacy alive whilst contributing some of their own. Apart from Chris and Dan, featured here, there is also pianist Darius Brubeck and cellist Matthew.

Seven of the eleven tracks are compositions by Brubeck père although probably, only the opening Blue Rondo à la Turk will be familiar to the nonaficionado. Far More Blue; Easy as You Go; Since Love Had its Way; Tritonis; The Golden Horn and Thank You may be lesser known but are no less appealing and, in many ways, because they are less gimmicky, of greater lasting value.
Easy has some mellow trombone from Chris who really blows 'dirty' on Lamb's Prime Directive. Thank You was inspired by Dave Brubeck's visit to Chopin's house in Poland. Anyone who watched last night's screening of the documentary, The Jazz Ambassadors, on BBC4 will recall that after Dave had played it at a concert, the Polish audience were stunned into silence for a full minute before erupting with rapturous applause. Lamb, on the 60th anniversary of that tour by the boy's dad, does that memory proud and Chopin too would surely have appreciated (I hope) the trombone playing over a bossa nova rhythm in 5/4!
Chris Brubeck, Lamb (2) and DeMicco provide the other four compositions. Each one in keeping with the tradition.
I heard Dan and Chris (and Darius) at Sage Gateshead a few years back with Dave O'Higgins taking the Paul Desmond role (on tenor) and I was a little hesitant when I noted there was no sax player on this album. My worries were unfounded, DeMicco's guitar solos and Chris' rich toned trombone provide the lyricism that Desmond did back in the day. 
Timeline is a fine album - Dave would have been proud of his offspring and maybe even more so when he discovered that yesterday, America celebrated Dave Brubeck Day (May 5/4!)
Available on Blue Forest Records.

Lance

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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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