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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 Monday August 19

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

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Tuesday, August 09, 2011

CD Review: Loud City - Vasilis Xenopoulos & The Xtet.

Vasilis Xenopoulos (ten/alt); Nigel Price (gtr); Sam Gambarini (Hammond); Chris Nickolls (dms).
A major event! Those of us who have enjoyed "Vasi's" occasional forays to Blaydon, Durham, Saltburn, Jesmond and Newcastle will be delighted with this - his debut CD as a leader.
Eight original pieces composed and arranged by Xenopolous and played with the Grecian elegance we have come to associate with this fine sax player.
The moods very from Mobleyesque hard bop (West Side Groove), pure bebop (The X Changes), funky grooves (Loud City, Elis Can Dance), to ballads (And Now What?), relaxed swing (For All Those Lazy Sundays.)
Vasilis sails through the changes every note counting - no pointless displays of technique to cover up a paucity of ideas here although when the solo demands it the dexterity is there.
The Nigel Price Trio - big hitters in their own right - provide the perfect support. Price is the ideal foil playing some superb guitar solos to complement the tenor/alto work. Sam Gambarini resists the temptation to dominate the others with the power at his right foot (despite the title it's not a triple forte album) and is tasteful and sympathetic throughout. On drums Chris Nikolls provides the perfect foundation to suit the varied rhythms.
When I list my Recordings of the Year this one is going to be pretty high on the list.
More details and soundbites from www.vasilisx.com.
Lance.
Vasilis Xenopoulos - Loud City. 33jazz224

2 comments :

Don Emanuel said...

A little slip, it's obviously the Nigel Price Trio with Nigel on guitar NOT Nigel Wright.

Lance said...

Thanks Don - must have been carried away by the music - which I was - and got my names confused - I often do this Jim.

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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