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Today Wednesday February 19

Afternoon

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

Zoë Gilby & Mark Williams - Jazz Café, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 1:00pm. £3.00. Café Mezzanine (first floor, access via crafts shop).

Evening

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

After Hours #4: Stéphane Grappelli - Cafédral Durham, Owengate, Durham DH1 3HB. 7:30pm. £5.00. (concs. available). Sonia Rae (violin); Tom Burgess (guitar); Jack Theaker (guitar); Angus Shennan (keyboards); David Byfield (drums) + Clara Falkowska (flugelhorn, violin). ‘The life and work of Stéphane Grappelli’. Durham University Jazz Society event.

Blues/Soul/Funk etc.

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.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

CD Review: Mole - What's The Meaning?


Mole: Mark Aanderud (pno); Hernan Hecht (dms); David Gilmore (gtr); Luri Molino (bs).
An eclectic mix of style and nationality. Two Mexicans (pno/bs), one Argie (dms) and a New Yorker on guitar.
It's, in the main, quite a restrained and genteel CD almost pastoral at times and certainly not offensive. Don't get me wrong this is no easy listening/muzak disc but one that commands attention throughout lest you miss the many delicate nuances.
Of course it isn't all laid back, ethereal sounds. There are a lot of punchy moments too with both Gilmore and Aanderud raising the tension spurred on by Hecht. Not surprisingly, given the ethnic mix there is a Latin feel to it - I can't quite put my finger on it but it's neither Bossa, Samba, Rumba, Mambo, Tango, Cha Cha, Beguine - perhaps it's a combination of all of these with a little jazz rock to stir it up!
This is one of those CDs that, with each playing more is unfolded. David Gilmore is an outstanding guitarist  - his presence raises the game without in anyway compromising the contributions of  his fellow Moles.
What's The Meaning? I don't know the answer but I'll enjoy listening to the question again!
Lance.

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