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Barry Harris (in 1981): "There is not one place in the world that you can find more jazz musicians from than Detroit." - (DownBeat, September 2019).

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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 Saturday August 17

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Newcastle Jazz Festival - Tyne Bank Brewery, Walker Road, Newcastle NE6 2AB. Tel: 0191 265 2828. £15.00. All day event, line-up:

Zoë Gilby & Andy Champion (1:30pm)

Alan Law Trio (2:40pm)

Mark Williams Trio (3:50pm)

Emma Fisk & James Birkett (5:00pm)

(Evening)

Alexander Bone (6:15pm)

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band (7:45pm).

Blues/Funk/Soul

King Snake - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Duncan Eagles Dares to Fly - Partikel CD Review

As I approach the later stages of maturity I find it difficult to relate to some of the newer bands. Bands that seem to have abandoned all that I hold dear such as melodic lines and strong harmonic foundation. Too often these new kids on the block seek to be original with no regard for the listener's sensitivity.
When confronted with this new cd from Partikel a trio without keyboard or guitar I feared the worst. I was wrong - boy was I wrong!
In Duncan Eagles we have a young tenor/soprano saxist, a mere 25, who has listened and absorbed the past. His tone on tenor brings to mind Stan Getz, it's simply sublime, yet his ideas are very much entrenched in the jazz of today and tomorrow. Duncan floats effortlessly above the bass of Max Luthert and the drums of Eric Ford proving there is still a place for sanity in the meglamanic world of contemporary jazz.
To perform in such a setting is a daunting and challenging prospect but Duncan clearly relishes the challenge and soars triumphantly forward. This is not just an object lesson for saxophone players - although it undoubtedly is - it is also a signpost to the way jazz is or should be heading. Old values interspersed with new dimensions is surely the way ahead.
Not that this disc is all Eagles. Bass and drums play there part as both accompanists and equal frontline partners. This is a triumverate of equals who I hope will take to the road and let us all share what the Monday night regulars at Streatham's Hideaway enjoy every week.
The debut album by Partikel is out on November 15, 2010. More details and video clips at http://www.partikel.co.uk/
Lance.

2 comments :

Anonymous said...

These guys are serious, check them live!

Ed Arantus said...

You're not wrong.They're fresh and challenging but give enough for me to pin my ears on. My head is still swimming with their 'River' tune, Luthert's bass forming eddies in brain. My fav is 'Steep and Thorny Way', makes me want to walk the night-time.

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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