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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.

Monday, February 11, 2019

CD Review: John Turville - Head First

John Turville (piano); Julian Argüelles (tenor/soprano sax); Robbie Robson (trumpet); Dave Whitford (bass); James Maddren (drums).
(Review by Lance).

Way back in the day, the jazz constabulary of Jazz Journal, Jazz Monthly and other mags would dismiss sessions on Blue Note, Prestige, Contemporary etc. by musicians such as Hank Mobley, Jackie McLean, Zoot Sims, Phil Woods and others as "Just another blowing session". In retrospect, those 'blowing sessions' are now regarded as part of the Holy Grail of modern jazz. 

Had those same jazz cops still been patrolling the beat they certainly wouldn't have accused the Turville Gang of the same crime!
Despite my initial misgivings when it comes to an album of mainly-originals I have to confess that this one totally hits the spot.  It has excitement, lyricism, interesting themes and solos that are logical without being obvious. 

Ironically, my favourite track is the final one - Michel Petrucciani's Beautiful But Why?

My pick of the originals is one that also has local appeal! Seahorses is a turbulent, billowing, free improvisatory blast that recalls 'a stormy sea trip off Seahouses on the wild Northumbrian coast'. I've experienced one of those sea trips out of Seahouses - it made me a landlubber ever since!

Turville rates highly amongst UK pianists and here he's on top form. Argüelles too never misfires - he gets, possibly, the best soprano sound of any of them - ancient or modern. Robson is a new name to me but surely he will soon be recognised as a 'comer'. Whitford and Maddren do what they always do - keep the ship afloat.

The band have a 14 gig tour lined up which began a couple of days ago in Lincoln arriving in Leeds for a workshop on March 8 before heading back down south via Sheffield to Brighton.
Ah well...
Lance.
Available on Whirlwind Recordings - WR4734 from Friday Feb. 22 with an official launch at Pizza Express in Soho on Feb. 25.
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