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Reuben James: "Mark [Kavuma] has such a unique sound on the horn. He lets it all hang out in a very vulnerable way when he plays ballads." - (DownBeat October 2019).

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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 September 24

Afternoon

Jazz

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden (see centre column).

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm - 3:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Cancelled!

JCM: In Memory of Jon Hiseman - Forum Music Centre, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG. Tel: 01325 363135. 7:00pm. £20.00. (£18.00. adv.). Clem Clemson (guitar); Mark Clarke (bass); Ralph Salmins (drums). Support: T-A-B ((Tom Atkinson Band).

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Alter Ego - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm. £5.00.

Blues

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

CD REVIEW: All Upon A Lovely Summer’s Day: Burton Bradstock


Burton Bradstock aka Jimmy Cannon (vocals, arranger); Dorian Ford (piano); Iain Ballamy (saxophone); Julian Ferraretto (violin); Pete Berryman (guitar and co-arranger); Riaan Vosloo (bass); Tim Giles (drums); also various musicians playing strings
(Review by Ann Alex). 
This is an unusual CD of traditional folk songs played and sung in a jazz-like manner by very talented musicians who have excellent credentials and much experience.  My reaction, as a jazz-loving folkie, was mixed. 
I doubt if this would appeal to lovers of very traditional folk song, but jazz fans may like it better, as there is plenty of jazz involved.  As for folk, there are some very successful tracks, but some tracks veer too far towards classical music because the strings are overused, thus missing the gutsiness of real folk music.  The vocalist sings in a pleasantly slightly husky voice, which would have suited more gutsy, adventurous arrangements, moving away from the tune, maybe even with a bit of scat.  I think Iain Ballamy should have been used more – after all this instrument (saxophone) is starting to appear in folk clubs.
I did like The Foggy, Foggy Dew, one of the less complex arrangements, with a ragtime piano accompaniment and brushed drums percussion – very effective.  Then there was John Barleycorn (all about growing barley and making beer, but from the barleycorn’s point of view), a no-holds-barred modern jazz arrangement with a distinctly drunken sound.  All Things Are Quite Silent is a song about the press gang, and the tragic theme deserved more than just luscious playing by the strings.  Early One Morning was a missed opportunity, which needed a more lively singing style.
As I said, this is a group of skilled musicians, who should maybe try more folk song arrangements, with some instrumental only tracks, and a selection of songs such as Border Ballads, which can be done well as Blues.  I know this works, because some musicians from the Newcastle Folk Degree did this in a Sage concert last year. 
The CD -  All Upon A Lovely Summer’s Day: Burton Bradstock - is released on October 29th on the F-IRE label, catalogue number F-IRECD 58.  There is a CD launch at the Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho on 30th October.
Ann Alex (Russell is nowhere in my name!)

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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.
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