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Today Saturday January 18

Afternoon

Jazz

Early Bird Band - Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SE. Tel: 0191 232 0192. 11:00am.

Evening

Adrian Cox Quartet - Watchtower Gallery, West End, Berwick TD15 2HE. 8:00pm. £10.00. Cox touring new CD ‘Now is Spring’.

Blues/Funk/Soul

Ray Stubbs R & B All-Stars - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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Sunday, September 23, 2012

CD Review:Torben Waldorff -: Wah-Wah


(Review by Russell).
Guitarist Torben Waldorff decided that on his new release Wah-Wah it was time to leave out the saxophone and ‘take the full melodic responsibility’ for the project. The Dane has secured the services of three first rate musicians capable of meeting the challenge of his   melodic and harmonic ideas. Waldorff’s new quartet features Gary Versace (keyboards), Matt Clohesy (bass) and drummer Jon Wikan. 
The tunes are intended to ‘create a flowing organic vibe to play in’. The ‘vibe’ is sustained throughout the CD allowing the guitarist to develop extended improvisations in unison with Clohesy buoyed by Wikan’s responsive drumming. Versace is an inspired choice for this new recording. Previously employed by guitarists John Scofield and John Abercrombie, his lyricism complements that of bandleader Waldorff. On Poolside he is featured on organ and on Evac turns to the electric piano adding harmonic colour to the set. 
The closing number - Country and Fish – is a 3:00 am blues made for a late night gig encore sending the audience home feeling that the world isn’t such a bad place after all. For readers familiar with the work of guitarist Mark McKnight this should serve as a useful reference point to the music of  Torben Waldorff. 
Wah-Wah is released on ArtistShare (AS0117) this week (Tuesday 25 September) available at www.waldorff.com.
Russell                     

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