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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.

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

Friday, October 23, 2009

Ruth Lambert CD Launch @ The Saville Exchange, North Shields.

Ruth Lambert (vcl), Mark Williams (gtr), Paul Edis (pno), Andy Champion (bs,), Tim Johnstone (dms), Graham Hardy (tpt), Graeme Wilson (ten).
The girl was nervous, this was a big one for her. Ruth and the team had put a lot of time and effort amid a blaze of local publicity in launching this, her second CD. If she fell flat on her face she'd be doing it in front of a lot of fans and friends - the worst place to fall.
Ruth didn't fall.
Instead, she emerged triumphant and unfaltering. Even in the opening bars of "Easy Street" - the title of the album - her voice never wavered.
It was a brave move to open with just guitar accompaniment but Mark Williams isn't just any guitarist. He fed Ruth the chords giving her the ideal cushion as well as playing a delicate solo of his own.
The applause that followed Mark's solo told Ruth it was going to be okay - the natives were friendly.
Throughout the evening it just got better and better - I doubt if I've ever heard Ruth sound so good. All but one of the songs on the new CD were represented as well as a few from her first CD and each one was on the money.
The encore - "Secret Love" - which Ruth dedicated to Russell had our boy beaming with delight!
The band, fluctuating in size and line-up from number to number, were never superfluous always providing solid content and meaty solos. Mark William's solo on "This Is Always" perhaps the instrumental highlight - sheer magic - although Paul's sensitivity on "Cry Me a River" didn't hurt either. But this was Ruth's night - a night when she moved her profile up a gear or three.
It's a great CD Ruth - every home should have one.
Sorry I couldn't make it to the Maggi Bank afterwards - I hope they rolled out the Red Carpet for you.
Lance.

3 comments :

JEREMY said...

Loved the variety provided by "fluctuating" the band. Certain numbers showed that sometimes "less is more" (Easy Street, Cry me a River, for example)while the numbers which closed each set, and the encore, had a six-piece sounding like a big band such was the quality of arrangements and performance. A great night. Thanks, Ruth!

russell said...

Hi Lance

That was one great night!

Russell

Robert Laing said...

Review of Ruth Lambert is spot on. I am still recovering from the excellence of Mark William's solo on "This Is Always! Keep up the great work.

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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.
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