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Randy Brecker: "It's still a thrill for me today to stand out front of a big band as the soloist and hear all that sound going on behind you. It brings the best out of me" - (DownBeat June 2019).

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2019 Parliamentary Jazz Awards

The voting is open between now and May 31 to enable site visitors to nominate their choices in the various categories of this year's APPJAG awards which can be done here.
BSH was very proud to be nominated and to win the 2018 Media Award and hope we can have your support again this year.

Today Tuesday May 21

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Evening

Kamasi Washington - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4461. 7:30pm. £30.00.

River City Jazzmen w. Maureen Hall - Block & Tackle, Blackthorn Way, Ashington NE63 8NN. Tel: 01670 813983. 8:00pm. £5 (raffle inc.) Bob Wade, Gordon Solomon, Keith Stephen, Phil Rutherford, Tommy Graham.

Lindsay Hannon Band - 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.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

CD Review: Kino Trio - Il Ciela Sopra Berlina

Bruno Heinen (piano); Michele Tacchi (fretless bass); Riccardo Chiaberta (drums).
(Review by Lance).

The Kino Trio - two Italian musicians now London based and a Brit with a foreign sounding name (Brexit's making us all very nationality conscious - bring a contemporary feel to the traditional piano, bass and drums setup. At times it could be mistaken for a modern classical ensemble with all three instruments interweaving their chosen lines on eight original compositions. Surprisingly, pianist Heinen only puts one piece into the pot whereas Tacchi supplies four and Chiaberta three.

However, as all three have worked and toured together in various combinations over the years no doubt the input will have been three-dimensional. The music is ephemeral, floating, only occasionally coming together for some conventional swinging. Although time signatures are sometimes difficult to identify this doesn't detract but, instead, adds to the abstract beauty of the album.

Tacchi's fretless basslines are tasteful with an almost cello-like sonority, Heinen is explorative, searching, discovering new worlds and, strangely, bringing to mind a combination of Chopin, Liszt and Bill Evans  Chiaberta contributes effectively, unobtrusively meeting the others on a level playing field - no one gets hurt.
Well worth checking out or catching them live in London or Luton - details.
Lance.
Currently available on the Babel Label (BDV 19154)
Try/Buy.

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