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Today Friday December 13

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux CarréJazzmen - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. ‘Christmas Jazz Lunch’. Details from 0191 252 9429).

Dean Stockdale Trio - The Merry Monk, 30 Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening.

Jazz

‘An Evening of Swing & Sparkle’ - National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland SR6 0GL. Tel: 0191 515 5555. 7:30pm. £35.00. Rat Pack evening inc. 4-course meal.

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Gosforth Civic Theatre, Regents Farm Road, Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3HD. Tel: 0191 284 3700. 8:00pm. £12.00. + bf. First night of two.

Chris Dean's Syd Lawrence Orchestra - Yarm School, Stockton TS15 9EJ. Tel: 01642 786023. 7:30pm (6:30pm doors). £18.00. + £1.80. bf (£15.00. + £1.50. bf). 'Mistletoe & Miller'.

Blues, Funk/Soul etc.

Baghdaddies - Cobalt Studios, Boyd Street, NewcastleNE2 1AP. £10.68 (inc. bf). ‘Big Xmas Knees Up’.

Swamp Hoppers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.

George Shovlin & the Acoustic Radars feat. Pat Rafferty + George Pallas & John Wilkins - Whitburn Cricket Club, East Street, Whitburn SR6 7BZ. Tel: 0191 529 3187. 7:30pm (7:00pm doors). £7.50. admission by ticket only (from www.wegottickets.com). 'The Bents Road Sessions'.

Dead Skunk Skiffle & Blues Orchestra + Stetson Five - Station East, Hills Street, Gateshead NE8 2AN. 8:00pm. Free.

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

Saturday, March 31, 2012

CD Review - Chick Corea/Gary Burton - Hot House.

Chick Corea (pno); Gary Burton (vbs). + Harlem String Quartet.
A highly productive disc with the two keyboardists complementing each other's line in an almost Bach-like way. Sort of a contemporary fugue, never more so than on Eleanor Rigby taken much faster than the original Beatles tempo. It hasn't such a dark sense of foreboding as the original but instead is more urgent and less poignant as if the lonely Eleanor has at last found a life!
Hot House is present day bebop - Imagine if say Parker and Gillespie, at Massey Hall, had played their solos simultaneously. The result may have been similar to this. Monk's Light Blue - a new one on me - is an excellent composition and both guys do it justice.
Perhaps the most interesting track is Corea's own, Mozart Goes Dancing. Helped along by the Harlem String Quartet this is like MJQ on Speed. In fact, because of the piano/vibes set up much of the disc creates an MJQ feel but with less gentility and more urgency. This isn't a criticism of either - both groups have their place in the upper echelons.
My Ship is given a less maudlin treatment than it gets from vocalists and Richard Rodgers' tune  benefits from its lack of words.
Two Jobim tunes - Once I Loved and Chega de Saudade entered the duo's individual repertoire when they worked at different times with Stan Getz back in the 1960s.
Brubeck's Strange Meadowlark, Bill Evans' Time Remembered and Can't We Be Friends are three well known jazz standards that serve as the icing on a very nicely cooked musical cake - the latter tune being, for me, very tasty indeed!.
Hot House by Chick Corea and Gary Burton is released by Concordjazz on April 2 prior to their live concert at The Barbican on April 11.
It can be pre-ordered from Amazon (£11.05) post free.
Lance.

2 comments :

Anonymous said...

Richard Rodgers didn't compose "My Ship" - it was Kurt Weill. Take more care, please.

Lance said...

Sir! I stand corrected!