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Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.


Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Darlington Big Band - Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Longfield Road, Darlington DL£ 0HX. Tel: 01325 380401. 8:00pm. Free.

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Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

The Brubeck Project @ Gateshead Town Hall - The Liam Noble Trio

Liam Noble (pno), Dave Whitford (bs), Dave Wickins (dms). 

Let's be honest for a change! I was bored stiff for most of the first half. This wasn't the Brubeck I knew and loved and where was the Paul Desmond clone? Where was the note repeated 100 times - as famous in jazzlore as Louis' long note in Mahogany Hall Stomp. No this wasn't Dave Brubeck. 

However, during the interval I had time to reflect and, perhaps it was talking to longtime friends Neil and Jim about Tai Chi that saw me view the second half differently! 

This WASN'T Dave Brubeck - it was Liam Noble and Liam is his own man. If he'd chosen to play Irving Berlin you wouldn't expect him to sound like Irving Berlin! I erased Brubeck from my mind and let the music be its own judge and jury. 

Although not given to angular lines Noble produced some juicy chords and phrases and, in Dave Wickins, he has a drummer as sympathetic to his playing as Morello was to the master. Not only did the drummer display some imaginative touches on an array of percussive instruments but he also bore a marked resemblance to Phil Seaman! 

The resulting re-think meant that I enjoyed the concert thoroughly and wished I could have heard the first half again! A Jazz North East presentation in association with Gateshead Council, jazzaction and the PRS foundation. 

1 comment :

cptfinch said...

I must admit I too found the first half a little hard going. My concentration kept wandering but there were flashes of brilliance bringing me back. The second set was more enjoyable. I liked the opener - In your Own Sweet Way - the contrapuntal playing was good. I'm looking forward to the other concerts in the piano jazz series.