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Branford Marsalis: "You talk to the old guys about it [52nd St.], and they say the music part was great. Every other aspect of it [pay, hours, conditions] sucked" - (DownBeat, May 2019).

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Today Sunday April 21

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. Free.

Blues

Beefy La Slap - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Alex Fawcett Band - Tyne Bar, Maling St., Newcastle NE6 1LP. Tel: 0191 265 2550. 4:00pm. Free

Evening

Jazz

East Coast Jazz - Exchange, Howard Street, North Shields NE30 1SE. Tel: 0191 258 4111. 6:00pm. Free. Monthly jam session.

Swing Manouche - Black Bull, Bridge St., Blaydon NE21 4JJ. Tel: 0191 414 2846. 7:30pm. £7.00. Blaydon Jazz Club. Note new, regular start time.

Blues

Sour Mash Trio - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Friday, January 25, 2019

CD Review: Duncan Eagles - Citizen.

Duncan Eagles (tenor/soprano sax); David Preston (guitar); Matt Robinson (piano); Max Luthert (bass); Dave Hamblett (drums).
(Review by Lance).

Duncan Eagles seems to have been around forever so it came as a surprise to me to discover that this was, technically, the first album released under his own name. 

This is, of course, because of his commitment to Partikel, the band he has provided so much input to over the past few years. Freed from, I won't say shackles as Partikel was anything but restrictive, Eagles flows loosely whilst still maintaining the sense of tempered urgency that hallmarks the great players. Hard hitting but with a soft melodic centre.

It's not an easy listen, certainly not a foot-tapper, but it's worth making the effort, an effort that becomes less demanding each time around culminating in an eventual joyous experience.  

They are all Eagles' compositions based on experiences he encountered whilst touring the globe over the past few years. For example, Riad, inspired by a visit to Marrakesh, encapsulates all the images that that charismatic city provokes. Listening, I could be sitting sharing a hookah with a hooker, soaking in eastern promise - I wish!

Imagery is what it's all about, although you could just as easily forget Marrakesh and all the other elements, close your eyes, and enjoy four musicians at the top of their game playing some first-class jazz for today and maybe tomorrow.

They have an extensive touring schedule starting on Sunday (Jan. 27) at the Omnibus Theatre, London then weaving their merry way up and down the country calling in at Liverpool, Sheffield, Nottingham, Ashburton, North Devon, St. Ives, Teignmouth, Oxford, Shrewsbury, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Brighton as well as other London gigs at Barbican (opening for Joshua Redman), Toulouse Lautrec (album launch on Feb 23), Ronnie's (2 nights) and at the Royal Festival Hall (foyer).

Familiar pattern? You betcha! The Eagle isn't landing in Newcastle so, all the more reason to buy the CD which is released on Feb. 15 on Ropeadope : www.ropeadope.com.
Lance.

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