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Today Wednesday November 20

Afternoon

Jazz

Scott Wall - Jazz Café, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 261 5618. 1:00pm. £3.00. Café Mezzanine (first floor, access via crafts shop).

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

Evening

Jazz

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.00.

Blues/Folk

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, November 05, 2012

CD Review: Borders Breach

(Review by Russell).
Borders the new album from Breach is like a teasing firework - lit, ready to explode. The beauty of it is it never quite goes BANG! The trio fizzes along, engaged in an exercise of   collective restraint and they succeed in some style.
In concert guitarist Graeme Stephen sits down to play - not for him the axe man pose - and it is likely that the recording of this new release saw him seated alongside Paul Harrison (organ and electronics) and Chris Wallace (drums and percussion). The trio of ex-pat Canadian Wallace (the man of the thousand yard stare), Englishman Harrison and Stephen work through eight compositions (three written by Wallace, four by Harrison and one traditional Macedonian folk melody arranged by Stephen). The Stephen arrangement of Nakedonsko opens the album with no little humour. Subsequent tunes are hewn from a darker seam, the groove decidedly down beat, subverted by a retro vibe. Harrison tips his hat at the Hammond masters of an earlier generation, threatens to go leftfield, thinks better of it and falls in line. Wallace’s Judgement swings effortlessly as Stephen’s guitar and (minimal) electronics sprawl across the landscape (a landscape populated by the ghosts of Gary Boyle’s Isotope, Joe Morris’ decidedly over the border leftfield sound and Celtic compatriot Mark McKnight). The eponymous Borders (comp. Harrison) features the propulsive drumming of Wallace and Harrison is let loose on Harumph (comp. Wallace). Breach can be heard in concert on Thursday November 8 at the Central Bar in Gateshead.
The CD Borders (BREACHCD02) is out now.
Russell                                

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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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