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Buddy Guy: "My mother said, 'You got flowers for me, give 'em to me now, because I'm not going to smell them when you put 'em on the casket'." - (DownBeat September 2018).

Marty Ashby: "I asked him what his gig was and he said 'I put the scores on the music stands'. I said, 'That's a gig?' And I realised there were four floors of guys like him, who supported some of the finest musicians in the world. But I was a jazz musician, and I was used to playing with some of the finest musicians in the world in front of the New York Public Library for tips. That's when I realised that jazz didn't have the same support system as classical music. - (DownBeat September 2018).

Today Friday August 17

Afternoon

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

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

Evening

Bullfrog Blues Band - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.

Bop 3 - St John’s Hall, Snod’s Edge, Shotley Bridge DH8 9TJ. 7:30pm. £15.00. Tickets from 07766 037893. Second night of two – SOLD OUT. Trio - Snake Davis, Helen Watson & Dave Bowie.

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

Monday, May 07, 2018

CD Review: The Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra - “Without A Trace”

(Review by Dave Brownlow).
This is a good example of a large, contemporary jazz orchestra where the leader, Scott Reeves, combines all the necessary elements of the successful jazz tradition ie good material, swing, creativity, talented soloists, and excitement. Reeves has been influenced by some of the great composer/arrangers such as Duke Ellington, Gil Evans, Thad Jones, and Bob Brookmeyer and has spent years honing his craft within the current scene writing for groups such as Dave Liebman’s Big Band, and the Westchester Jazz Orchestra before setting out on his own in 2008.

The opener is Kurt Weill’s classic Speak Low which starts with a nod towards Bill Evans on his ‘New Jazz Conceptions’ album and settles into a lively Afro-Cuban rhythm including lively solos from Wilson on alto and Rogers on trumpet with some closely harmonised backgrounds. Reeves own Without A Trace follows featuring singer Carolyn Leonhart. The style of this piece with its melody containing wide intervals between some of the notes is so reminiscent of the work of our own Norma Winstone in its genre. The vocal is clear, confident and graceful – I give no praise higher than that!
The standard All Or Nothing At All has drummer Vernel Fournier’s immortal groove from Ahmad Jamal’s hit Poinciana as a main rhythmic element and features the leader on slide trombone with Chiavuzzo on alto this time.
Sections here are thoughtfully orchestrated and ‘quotes’ abound.
The Reeves’ original Incandescence is languidly Impressionist in style with a beautifully apt vibes solo and a restrained contribution from Wilson on soprano extending the mood. Wayne Shorter’s JuJu has a more ‘contemporary’ feel based as it is on fewer chords. Here, the arranger includes a sax-section segment based on Shorter’s original solo. The whole piece is quite forward-thinking….
A 12-tone row is the inspiration for ShapeShifter which includes several parts throughout its eight and a half minutes. Reeves himself solos on alto flugelhorn on a ¾ section. A fast 4/4 portion with glittering piano contrasting with huge slabs of orchestral textures develops,
after chaos, into a final haunting coda – Star Trek anybody?
Finally, Reeves’ tribute to Thad Jones – Something For Thad based on I Got Rhythm changes brings the album to a cheerful, swinging, boppish, slightly more conventional, closer with Haviland and Gravish having their only solo outings.
Throughout the CD, the standard of musicianship is extremely high, there is a broad range of material carefully arranged with nods towards the history of jazz making this an altogether agreeable listen.
Available now on ORIGIN RECORDS 82752 at www.originarts.com

Dave B.
Scott Reeves: (flugel. trombone, arranger); Steve Wilson (soprano,alto,flute), Vito Chiavuzzo (alto, flute) Rob Middleton (tenor, clarinet), Tim Armacost (tenor), Terry Goss (baritone 1- 4) Jay Brandford (baritone 5 – 7 ).
Seneca Black, Nathan Ecklund, Chris Rogers, (1-4) Bill Mobley (5 – 7), Andy Gravish (trumpets).
Tim Sessions, Matt McDonald, Matt Haviland, Max Siegel (trombones).
Jim Ridl (Piano), Dave Elson (Vibes 4), Todd Coolman (Bass), Andy Watson (Drums).
 Carolyn Leonhart Vocal (2).

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