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Today Saturday January 25

Afternoon

Jazz

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Hammer & Pincers, Preston Lane, Preston-le-Skerne, Newton Aycliffe DL5 6JH. Tel: 01325 314873. 1:00pm. £2.00.

Evening

Shirt Tail Stompers - Durham Town Hall, Durham DH1 3NJ. 7:30-11:15pm. £25.00. (£20.00. adv.). DJam 2020: Lindy Hop Festival ‘Masquerade Ball’. Line-up inc. Michael McQuaid (reeds), Nick Ball (drums). A Lindy Jazz event.

Blues/Funk/Soul

Broken Levee + John Carroll - Saltburn Cricket Club, Marske Mill Lane, Saltburn TS12 1HJ. 7:30pm (doors). £10.00. Info & tickets: 07960 935263. Saltburn Blues Club.

Ojay - Outstanding Art, North Road, Durham DH1 4SQ. Tel: 0191 649 0553. 8:00pm. Free. Electric bassist Ojay.

Raggy Ass Boys - 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.

Friday, March 16, 2012

CD Review: Brad Mehldau Trio - Ode.

Brad Mehldau (pno), Larry Grenadier (bass), Jeff Ballard (dms)

Contemporary jazz encompassing the nostalgic sounds of the past which are gracefully spoken at the present day by the body, mind and soul of Brad Mehldau and his trio. This project is all about Mehldau's original compositions, with a focus on tributes to other people: including "MB" (Michael Brecker), "Kurt Vibe" (Kurt Rosenwinkel) and "Stan The Man" (Stan Getz). Mehldau wrote these tunes with ode in mind; a lyrical poem on a particular subject that could also be sung. Swing, waltz, bop and rock-fused ballad grooves are present and embellished by Grenadier and Ballard. Mehldau's call and response between the right and left hand is uplifting and inspirational. His seductive melodies entice the listener to follow the song like a story. Moreover, Grenadier tells some great stories too. I think the trio have done a great job reflecting the emotions and feelings they get from the people who they are paying tribute too; a melancholy reminder of those who are not with us any more and a powerful expression from the music of how they came to inspire Mehldau.

Ode.

Harley J.

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