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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 Tuesday August 20

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Will Earl - Band Room, Music Studios, Newcastle University NE1 7RU. 12 noon. Free. Earl (drums) Postgraduate Recital. ‘Solo and groove: innovation in contemporary drumming practices’.

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Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 12:00pm - 2:00pm. Free.

NOTE EARLIER TIME THIS WEEK ONLY.

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Joe Reid - Band Room, Music Studios, Newcastle University NE1 7RU. 1:40pm. Free. Reid (drums) Postgraduate Recital. ‘Progressive Drumming & Polyrhythms of the Modern Drummer’.

Evening

Jazz

Jam session - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, 59 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 7RU. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. Free. House trio: Giles Strong (guitar), Paul Grainger (double bass), Paul Wight (drums).

River City Jazzmen - Block & Tackle, Blackthorn Way, Ashington NE63 8NW. Tel: 01670 819845. 8:30pm. £4.00.

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

Thursday, February 09, 2012

CD Review: Greg Spero – ‘Acoustic’ blujazz 2011

Chicago pianist Greg Spero’s new recording has moved, in musical terms, a long way from his 2010 recording, Radio over Miles – an electro-homage to his early influences from Radiohead and Miles Davis.
However, this trio album still has the distinctive melodic phrasing and dark harmonic twists of its predecessor.
There’s a long line of great pianists to compare Spero to, but the late Esbjorn Svensson seems the most obvious choice on listening to his output to date. And this despite his worship of fellow Chicagoan Herbie Hancock and a confession to being unaware of EST’s music …….until now that is!
Acoustic sees Greg joined by long time collaborator Makaya McCraven on drums and Matt Ulery on bass in what is a thoughtful, imaginative and wonderfully melodic recording.
All tracks are Spero compositions with the exception of Miles Davis’ Blue in Green.
It’s hard to pick a stand out track as they are all in the top drawer.
The opener Hills bounces along merrily and is instantly memorable. However, it’s the aptly named Flow that begins to demonstrate the extraordinary talent that Spero is, as phrases and runs flow effortlessly from his hands.
Letting it Go is a slow reflective piece with McCraven’s delicate cymbal work and Matt Uley’s full bass tone helping to create a beautiful soundscape which allows ample space for all three instruments to flourish.
Universe however, with its strong and dramatic intro, seems inspired by the creation of our world, the gentle emergence of new life, and the turmoil that our existence can sometimes become. If that’s what was intended, then this trio have certainly pulled it off. If there is to be a top track on this album – this is it.
It’s going to be a long time before this CD drifts into my CD racks from its current, top of the player, position.
It certainly is a truly remarkable recording!
David Gosling.
PS: Late News Flash: As well as Zeffirelli's on April 7,  Spero is lined up to play a Splinter @ The Bridge gig the following evening, April 8. This will be with Adrian Tilbrook on drums and Andy Champion on bass.

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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.)
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.
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