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Daily: July 6 - October 27

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden - Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead Quays, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3BA. Tel: 0191 478 1810. Screenings at intervals during the day. part of Akomfrah's exhibition Ballasts of Memory. Exhibition (daily) July 6 - October 27. 10:00am-6:00pm. Free.

Today Tuesday July 23

Afternoon

Jazz

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden. See above.

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

Evening

Jazz

Jam Session - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel. 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. House trio: Stu Collingwood; Paul Grainger; Matt MacKellar.

Archipelago & J Frisco + Mark Williams Trio - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. 8:00pm. £9.90.

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Sunday, September 14, 2008

Big Jim Sullivan Trio Plays Jazz From...Jazz Café

Charity shop. British Heart Foundation. Good cause. Good price. The good price (£2.99) was for a 3 CD set entitled "The Big Jim Sullivan Trio Plays Jazz From Jazz Café..." This I had to hear. The 47 titles were a nicely balanced mix of jazz standards (Move, Work Song, St Thomas, Four Brothers, Solar ...) gasbook (Polka Dots and Moonbeams, Sophisticated Lady, Here's That Rainy Day ...) and Bossas (Ipanema, Wave, How Insensitive ...). So it looked good.
However, I knew Big Jim was primarily a Bert Weedon type session musician who had played on, according to his website, 1000 hit records. He was also a rock and roller. I had met him a good few years back when he was doing promotions for one of the guitar companies - maybe Ibanez or Fender and he never gave off any jazz vibes so I didn't know what to expect.
Still, at £2.99 for 3 CD's it didn't seem likely to upset the bank manager. The list price is £19.
At this stage I'd like to say that it blew my mind but it didn't. Nevertheless, it was very listenable and Big Jim is a good guitar player but the sound was just a little bit too Bert Weedonish and I don't think he poses any threat to the current crop of local guys.
But for £2.99 I'm not complaining!

2 comments :

Lance said...

I must admit Big Jim's playing is starting to grow on me.
The Jazz Café, incidentally, has nothing to do with Keith Crombie's establishment of the same name in Newcastle's Pink Lane.

russell said...

Hi Lance

I saw Big Jim with Pacific Eardrum
at the Newcastle Jazz Festival many
moons ago.I thought he was a great
jazz player.

Many years later I picked-up,from a charity shop of course,an album
including Big Jim on sitar!

I seem to remember that his 'big gig' was touring the world with
Tom Jones.

Nice work etc...

Russell

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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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
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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Whilst we appreciate the many emails, texts, messages and other communications we receive requesting album/gig reviews on BSH, regrettably, we are unable to reply to all of them other than those we are able to answer with a positive response.
Similarly, CDs received by post will only be considered if accompanied by sufficient background material.
Finally, bear in mind that this is a jazz-based site when submitting your album.
Lance