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Dave Newton: "Having got my Grade 8 pretty early, it was only then that the piano was taking over. But this was happening outside of school really, as the music teacher at this particular school didn't like me or the kind of music I liked." (Jazzwise February 2019).

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Today Tuesday January 22

Afternoon

Jazz

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jam session - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. House trio: Mark Williams, Paul Grainger, Russ Morgan.

Alter Ego - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB. Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

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

Friday, January 04, 2019

CD Review: Florian Weber – Lucent Nights

Ralph Alessi (trumpet); Florian Weber (piano); Linda May Han Oh (double bass); Nasheet Waits (drums).
(Review by Steve H).

German-born Weber’s second release for ECM. A thoughtful contemplative piece of work, the classically trained pianist/composer has assembled a superb quartet where each member seems to fit in perfectly with the mood and pace of the leader's compositions.

Beginning with a haunting solo piano piece, Brilliant Waters, much of the playing has a dreamy floaty feel to it. However, towards the end of the album, things liven up a bit with Time Horizon and Fragile Cocoon. Just in case we were about to throw caution to the wind the album concludes with a Satie like piece Schimmelreiter. 


Alessi is used sparingly, appearing on only half of the tracks. On From Cousteau’s Point of  View and Butterfly Effect, he has a lovely crisp piecing sound.  

Ho’s double bass playing is ever so subtle her solos have a habit of catching one’s attention both unexpectedly and rewardingly. Waits is simply a master drummer who seems to perfectly emphasise the mood swings of the music. Not an album that will have you tapping and singing along to in the living room but it has a gentle and calming quality which, when in the right mood, will provide a warm and comforting listen.
Steve H.

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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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