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Jeremy Pelt: "It [Birth of the Cool sessions] was bebop in sheep's clothing." - (DownBeat, December 2019).

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Today Wednesday November 13

Afternoon

Jazz

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. Tel: 0191 227 5500. 12:15pm. Stanley Nelson's 2019 documentary film.

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Evening

Jazz

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Swing Street - Pier Red, Castlegate, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1LF. Tel: 01289 309168. 8:00pm. Free.

Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.00.

Blues/Folk

George Shovlin & the Radars, Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DE. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 8:00pm. Free.

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Monday, February 13, 2012

CD Review: Andrew Linham Quartet - Abandoned Silence

Andrew Linham (alt); Rob Brockway (pno); Darren McCarthy (bs); Dan Paton (dms).
Young saxophone players seem to be in almost as much profusion as girl singers these days. In particular, that musical womb known as Leeds College of Music has contributed more than most and this CD is a fine showcase for yet another of its talented offspring.
Andrew Linham's pedigree includes postgraduate work at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama as well as playing at the 2012 NAMM Show in Los Angeles and gigging around London.
Linham's playing has been compared with Kenny Garrett and there are semblances but, to me, much of it harks back to such as Art Pepper, Sonny Criss, Frank Morgan - albeit with a nod in the direction of Ornette and Michael Brecker. He swings intensely and freely over his 8 original compositions.
Unlike so many "originals" these are worthwhile pieces that should be published and made available for others to play them. This is one of my concerns at the emphasis placed on original pieces. Is it not a waste of time and effort to write something that only gets played by yourself?
However, I digress. On this CD Andrew reveals himself to be a composer of distinction and an outstanding alto player - the phrases fairly cascading from the bell as he runs the changes with ease.
Not that this is a one man show. Rob Brockway is no stranger to the Newcastle scene and his departure left a gap in the ranks of young pianists. It is good to be able to chart his progress and to know his early promise is being well and truly fulfilled. Close your eyes and it could be Bill Evans.
McCarthy and Paton gel with Rob to make an ace rhythm section.
Quite often with review CD's I play them once and they become forgotten - I've played this one three times already!
Available from; www.andrewlinham.co.uk 
Lance.

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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.
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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.)
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Lance