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13,822 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1239 of them this year alone and, so far, 66 this month (Oct. 18).

From This Moment On ...


Mon 18: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 18: Zoë Gilby Quartet @ The Black Bull, Blaydon. 8:00pm. Blaydon Jazz Club.

Wed 20: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 20: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 20: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 20: Jeremy McMurray & the Jazz Pocket Orchestra @ Middlesbrough Town Hall. 8:00pm.

Thu 21: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 21: NUJO Jazz Jam @ Bar Loco, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra.
Thu 21: Alter Ego @ St James' & St Basil's Church, Newcastle 7:30pm.
Thu 21: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 21: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 22: Mick Shoulder Quartet @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. Quartet featuring Alex Clarke (BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year finalist).
Fri 22: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 22: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 22: Paul Edis Trio w Ruth Lambert @ St Cuthbert's Centre, Crook. 7:30pm.
Fri 22: Michael Feinstein @ Sage Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Fri 22: Peter Morgan Trio @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sat 23: Mary Coughlan @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sat 23: Têtes de Pois @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 24 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 24: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 24: Voices of Virtue Gospel Choir @ The Globe, Newcastle. 4:00pm.
Sun 24: Milne Glendinning Band @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

CD Review - ACV "Fail in Wood".

How many flowers fail in wood
Or perish from the hill
Without the privilege to know
That they are beautiful.
How many cast a nameless pod
Upon the nearest breeze
Unconcious of the scarlet freight
It bear to other eyes. - Emily Dickinson
The words of Emily Dickenson provide the inspiration for the title of this, at times, compelling album by ACV. I'm not entirely certain why these words were chosen or indeed their significance but they do seem to convey the mood of the album.
ACV is the brainchild of bassist Andy Champion who composed all 8 tracks. If you heard the band at its recent Splinter @ The Bridge gig you'll know what to expect. If you didn't then maybe you're in for a surprize.
ACV are, apart from Andy on bass, Graeme Wilson (ten/bar), Paul Edis (pno), Mark Williams (gtr) and Adrian Tilbrook (dms) - Well and truly an A Team outing.
Overall the album has a jazz-rock feel about it that touches on the edge of free without becoming totally non compis mentis - a formulist such as me can live with this.
Graeme Wilson soars like a swallow on tenor and an overfed eagle digesting his prey on baritone. Rich and luxurious with the occasional be-burp flurry it is a good sound.
Mark adds distinctive touches - is there a better guitarist? - as does Paul whose occasional Hammond-like voicings almost turn it into a Blue Note set.
Andy, as befits, is almost magisterial doing the business all round whilst Adrian is powerful and aggressive only when needs demand he be powerful and aggressive.
There are moments of tenderness and moments of kick the door down ferocity.
Well worth hearing.

1 comment :

Unknown said...

Thanks for the review Lance. Nice one!

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