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Dennis Lichtman: "You can be as nerdy and intricate as you want. But if the rhythm section is thumping, any schmo can walk in off the street and be moved by it." - (DownBeat, December 2018).

Today Thursday November 15

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Shoeshop Quartet - King’s Hall, Armstrong Building, Newcastle University NE1 7RU. 1:10pm. Free.

Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society - Gateshead Central Library, Prince Consort Rd., Gateshead NE8 4LN. 5:00pm. Fortnightly meeting.

Evening

Alan Glen Trio - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £6.00. & £3.00.

Paul Skerritt & James Harrison - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. Free.

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Holywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. 8:30pm. Free. Sitters in welcome!

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

Radio Pensicola Band - Dormans Club, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9pm. Free. Music from the '20s to the '40s w. Kevin Eland (tpt); Dave Archbold (keys); Ron Smith (bs); Django; Donna Hewitt (sax); Mark Hawkins (dms).

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

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

CD Review: Trialogue - First Flight

Chris McMurran (piano); Arvin Vaghela (bass); Andrew Blackwell (drums).
(Review by Lance).
This one's been hanging around since April but, such is the nature of the game that, just as I'm ready to give it a listen, something else drops through the mailbox, First Flight is rescheduled, and so it goes on. However, I've belatedly got around to playing it and, already, I'm changing my Gareth Southgate waistcoat for a suit of sackcloth and ashes whilst hanging my head in shame.
My initial misgivings were brought upon by the knowledge that the three musicians were also Cambridge scientists. McMurran's a neuroscientist, Vaghela's a physicist and Blackwell cuts it as a biologist. 
Given the demanding nature of acquiring such skills, how on earth did they find the time to practice and become jazz masters? That they did, as evidenced by the music contained in the album, and the fact that McMurran is a Dankworth prize-winning composer, becomes apparent from the opening bars of the opening track.
With the exception of My Favourite Things, all tracks are originals  4-2-1 by McMurran, Vaghela and Blackwell respectively.
The compositions, they say, are inspired by their scientific background - they say. Scientific, to me, indicates music by numbers, calculated, pre-arranged and cold as a corpse in a cemetery. This is none of those things. The music is warm, sometimes abstract but always with an underlying pulse that fully embodies the feeling you get from music where the head doesn't overrule the heart - or vice versa.
Being a jazz trio, they admit to drawing influences from Peterson to Mehldau to Avishai Cohen as well as nodding in the direction of Beethoven, Alfred Schnittke and Jimi Hendrix. A huge melting pot but, delivered in the right proportions, makes for a very satisfying result.
Apologies once more for my procrastination.
Lance.
Available on Spark Records.

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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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Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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