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Saturday 15: Anth Purdy - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm. Free (donations). Purdy’s solo ‘Swing Jazz Guitar’ show. Limited capacity.

Thursday 20: Vieux Carre Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone, North Tyneside NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, 27 Sunniside Rd., Gateshead NE16 5NA. 8:30pm.

Friday 21: Lindsay Hannon - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9:00pm. Free (donations). Limited capacity.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Review. Shapeshifting - the Tim Richards Trio.

Tim Richards (pno), Dominic Howles (bs), Jeff Lardner (dms).
The question that immediately springs to mind is - do we really need another piano trio?
The answer is probably no with the proviso - that there are a few exceptions and the Tim Richards Trio is one of them.
This is no cocktail lounge, dinner jazz, ensemble - although I'm sure they can make that scene too - Tim, Dominic and Jeff live and operate but a short chorus from the cutting edge.
This disc - is it their third? is very listenable indeed with a balanced mix of jazz standards and Tim Richards' originals (plus one by bassist Dominic Howles - the cleverly titled Bristolian Thoroughfare.)
Bud Powell's Un Poco Loco, Cedar Walton's Bolivia and Bobby Timmons' This Here stand up well against the composers' own versions whilst Ellington's Prelude to a Kiss and Come Sunday build upon the rich harmonic structure of the originals.
Of Richards' own compositions The Message has that churchy feel about it so beloved of the hard bop bands of the late 1950s whilst Eleventh Hour has the edge of a precipice feel that I always get from a jazz waltz - that looking for the fourth beat that never comes
Individually they solo with no shortage of technique - long flowing lines interspersed with chordal passages reminiscent of Bud Powell from Tim. Dominic is solid throughout and Jeff driving and sympathetic.
Together they swing. Swing seems to be a passé word these days but it remains the vital element required to validate the authenticity of a jazz performance.
Shapeshifting 33Jazz205. Release date May 17. Contact tim@timrichards.ndo.co.uk
Lance.

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