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In the current climate we are doing our best to keep everyone up to date. All gigs, as we all know, are off.

However, good old YouTube has plenty to offer both old and new to help us survive whilst housebound. Plus now is a good time to stock up on your CDs.

Also, keep an eye out for live streaming sessions.

Alternatively, you could do as they do in Italy and sing from your balcony.

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As we all know there are no live gigs taking place in the immediate future. However, any links to jazz streaming that are deemed suitable - i.e. with a professional approach - will be considered for posting.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

CD Review - Louis Durra Trio: Rocket Science

Louis Durra (pno); Ryan McGillicuddy or Larry Steen (2 tracks) Bs); Jerry Kalaf (dms).
(Review by Lance.)
Unlike most piano trio CDs reviewed recently Durra doesn't indulge in angular flights of fancy preferring instead to plough a broad linear path through some fertile sixties pop songs.
Durra had been on the California jazz scene for some 30 years before his career took a sudden upwards turn. A residency in a Los Angeles bar-restaurant allowed him to develop his own take on the traditional trio format incorporating songs by Bob Dylan, Bob Marley and Radiohead alongside original compositions as well as, of course, the Gasbook.
His début album, The Best of All Possible Worlds became an overnight success on College Radio and ultimately led to international tours that twice took in Edinburgh's Jazz Bar where The Scotsman described him as "...a master of destruction and reinvention" - praise indeed (I think!)
Titles on this CD include Back in the USSR and In My Life (Lennon/McCartney; Living For The City (Stevie Wonder); One Love (Bob Marley); Black Horse and the Cherry Tree (KT Tunstall).
Drums don't swing but I realise they weren't intended to do. They do, however, provide a an important voice as of course does the bass player(s).
This isn't a CD that knocks you out at first listening but, gradually, it creeps up on you and probably will get played more often than those that hit you with a bang and then, over time, become a whimper!
Louis Durra: Rocket Science. CD1201 - Listen.
Lance.

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