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Randy Brecker: "It's still a thrill for me today to stand out front of a big band as the soloist and hear all that sound going on behind you. It brings the best out of me" - (DownBeat June 2019).

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2019 Parliamentary Jazz Awards

The voting is open between now and May 31 to enable site visitors to nominate their choices in the various categories of this year's APPJAG awards which can be done here.
BSH was very proud to be nominated and to win the 2018 Media Award and hope we can have your support again this year.

Today Wednesday May 22

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Julija Jacenaite & Alan Law - Jazz Café, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 261 5618. 2:00pm. Free. 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.

Blues

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, June 04, 2012

CD Review - Pat Metheny: Unity Band

Pat Metheny (gtr); Chris Potter (ten/sop/bs clt); Ben Williams (bs); Antonio Sanchez (dms).
(Review by Lance).
I must confess that, over the years, my enthusiasm for Metheny has waxed and waned as he explored so many different genre often with only a tenuous connection to jazz. However, there's always been a jazz side to his playing and it emerges triumphantly and joyously on this his latest CD.

For Unity Band Metheny has reverted to a straight forward line-up of sax/guitar/bass and drums. Not that the music is totally orthodox - how could it be given the protagonists? In Potter, Metheny has found a soul mate capable of matching him in creativity. Soaring high with fast angular lines the saxman is a worthy co-pilot not afraid to mix it. Having said that there are also tender moments smooth and languorous as black velvet and oysters on a summer's night. A case in point is the opening track New Year which opens with Metheny gently stating the melody before Potter takes it up, gradually reaching a frenetic peak then returning to the tranquillity of the theme. Ben Williams is outstanding on bass and is rapidly becoming the one they all have to beat.
Roofdogs has a folksy feel to it - with Irish (possibly Scottish) overtones. Sanchez's drumming is positively inspirational here. I could go on listing the many delights - not least the guitar bossman himself who is in scintillating form throughout and Potter - described, not inaccurately, by Metheny as "One of the greatest musicians of our time" - but instead just listen to some samples here.
Lance.
Pat Metheny: Unity Band. Nonesuch Records. Release date June 11, 2012.
The band's European Tour includes a concert at the Barbican, London, on July 8. 

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