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2019 Parliamentary Jazz Awards

The voting is open between now and May 31 to enable site visitors to nominate their choices in the various categories of this year's APPJAG awards which can be done here.
BSH was very proud to be nominated and to win the 2018 Media Award and hope we can have your support again this year.

Today Saturday May 18

Afternoon

Anth Purdy: Swing Jazz Guitar - Blyth Battery, The Links, Blyth NE24 3PQ. 10:00am-4:00pm. Free. 'Blyth Battery Goes to War Weekend'.

Early Bird Band - Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SE. Tel: 0191 232 0192. 11:00am. £2.00.

Sweet & Hot - St Augustine's Parish Centre, Larchfield St., Darlington DL3 7TG. 12:30pm. £10.00. Jeff Barnhart, Spats Langham, John Hallam, Graham Smith, Anne Barnhart.

Duo workshop: Faye MacCalman & John Pope - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4461. 3:00pm. £10.00. & £8.00. JNE.

Jazz

Jamie Mackay - Gallagher & Turner, St Mary's Place, Newcastle NE1 7PQ. 7:00-11:00pm. Free. 'The Late Shows' - guitarist Mackay performing at intervals.

Northern Monkey Brass Band - Newcastle City Library, New Bridge Street West, Newcastle NE1 8AX. 7:00-11:00pm. Free. 'The Late Shows' - NMBB performing at intervals.

Paul Taylor - Victoria Tunnel, Ouse Street, Ouseburn, Newcastle NE1 2BE. Tel: 0191 230 4210. 7:30pm. Tickets: £10.00.

Eliot Smith Dance: Triple Bill - Everyman Theatre, O'Hanlon St., Spennymoor DL16 6RY. 7:30pm. £14.00. (£12.00. cocns., £30.00. family). Programme inc Poppy composed by Jason Holcomb.

Blues/Funk/Soul

Jools Holland’s R & B Orchestra - Middlesbrough Town Hall, Albert Road, Middlesbrough TS1 2QJ. Tel: 01642 729729. 7:30pm. £42.0. & £36.50.

Groove-a-matics - 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.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

CD Review: Animation Agemo

Miles Davis’ electric period masterpiece Bitches Brew won the legendary trumpeter a new, predominately younger audience. It did, however, signal the desertion of many a   life-long fan of the Prince of Darkness. The fusing of the amplified power of rock and   the modal jazz improvisations of Davis’ heavyweight band stimulates debate to today some forty years on from its release. 
Rare Noise Records contributes to the on-going discussion with the issue of Animation’s Agemo. A double CD release, the emphasis is on the technology of today changing, if not transforming, the sound of  the original work. Indeed it is a re-working of Asiento, the band’s earlier take on Bitches Brew.     
‘To be listened to with headphones’ suggests the promotional literature. 
A virtue, apparently, is the ‘3D60 mix’. Track one: Pharoah’s Dance (3D60 Headphones Mix) is a twenty first century re-working of  Pharoah’s Dance. Track two: Bitches Brew (3D60 Headphones Mix), track three: John McLaughlin (3D60 Headphones Mix). 
The track listing goes on. The musicianship is exemplary and to be expected with the presence of saxophonist Bob Belden (a noted musician/producer and key to this release, a dedicated interpreter of the music of Miles Davis), Tim Hagans (trumpet) and bassist Matt Garrison to name but three. Long before the end of disc one there was the temptation to crank-up the turntable and listen to the vinyl album. 
Temptation resisted, it was on to disc two. Track one: Pharoah’s Dance (Bill Laswell Son of Panthalassa Remix). Track two…Miles’ voice sampled and was that a siren New York cop car (thanks to DJ Logic’s Remix)? Imagine that Miles Davis never went into the studio to record Bitches Brew. Imagine that this new release was the first time you had heard anything like this. It could be that it would feature in your list of the best CDs of the year. 
Well, of course Miles did record one of the seminal albums of his long career and the rest, as they say, is history. Agemo is of interest and if it does one thing it will encourage the listener to check out the source. Animation’s Agemo Rare Noise Records (RNR08).  
Russell.

1 comment :

RareNoiseRecords said...

Thank you for the excellent review!

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