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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 July 23

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Jam Session - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel. 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. House trio: Stu Collingwood; Paul Grainger; Matt MacKellar.

Archipelago & J Frisco + Mark Williams Trio - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. 8:00pm. £9.90.

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

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

CD Review: Yaron Herman - Alter Ego.

Yaron Herman (pno); Stéphane Kerecki (bs); Ziv Ravitz (dms) + Logan Richardson (alt); Emile Parisien (sop/ten).
(Review by Lance.)
Born in Tel Aviv in 1981 Yaron Herman looked to be all set to have a career as a junior basketball player on Israel's national team. When that dream was shattered by a knee injury, Yaron, 16 year old, turned to the piano - well you would wouldn't you? - studying the instrument using a method based on Philosophy, Mathematics and Psychology.  He's now considered, worldwide, to be one of the outstanding talents of his generation.

Recorded in France where Yaron now resides, the piano playing on this CD is comparable with many of the piano discs I've  lately reviewed. At times there is an almost pastoral feel to the music often building to a frenzied peak then gradually drawing back to a reflective mode. Keith Jarrett is in there somewhere and so is Brad M. Bass and drums combine to make this a unit of players seeking each other and, eventually, making passing contact. It works for me.
As a bonus, two horn players, not always simultaneously, augment the trio. Emile Parisiene (a name to die for!) waxes lyrical on soprano and tenor. Logan Richardson - from New York - plays fluent contemporary alto.
Madeleine has some quite evocative piano and I wondered, who is Madeleine who inspired the music? - perhaps one day it will be revealed. My favourite track.
Yaron Herman - Alter Ego ACT 9530-2, is released on September 24.
Lance.

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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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
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.
Similarly, CDs received by post will only be considered if accompanied by sufficient background material.
Finally, bear in mind that this is a jazz-based site when submitting your album.
Lance