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Today Sunday June 16

Birthday wishes to Steve H.

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. Free.

Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 1:00pm (doors 12 noon). Free.

Alice Grace & Ben Helm - Bonbar, Fenkle St., Newcastle NE1 5XU. Tel: 0191 232 8695. 1:30pm.

Jazz Social - Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 4:00pm. Free.

Blues/Funk/Soul

The Panthers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Sour Mash Trio - The Schooner, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3AF. 5:00pm. Free.

Evening

Customs House Big Band - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE33 1ES. Tel: 0191 454 1234. 6:00pm. £13.00. ‘Swing on a Summer’s Evening’. The band’s 20th anniversary concert.

East Coast Jazz Jam - The Exchange, Howard Street, North Shields NE30 1SE. Tel: 0191 258 4111. 6:00pm. Free.

Gerry Richardson Quartet - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £6.00. ( (£3.00. student).

DU Jazz Soc jam session - Fabio’s Bar, Saddler St, Durham DH13NP. Tel: 0191 383 9290. 7:30pm. Free.

Francis Tulip Quartet - Black Bull, Bridge Street, Blaydon NE21 4JJ. Tel: 0191 414 2846. 7:30pm. £7.00. Line-up: Francis Tulip (guitar); Ben Lawrence (piano); John Pope (bass); Matt MacKellar (drums)

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

Sunday, November 18, 2012

CD Review: Chris Higginbottom – Where Land Ends (F-IRECD63)


(Review by Wesley Stephenson.)
The second and new studio album by Chris Higginbottom features 6 tracks and clocks in at just under 50 minutes in length. In that time the music makes a good effort to be “both accessible and challenging, to play and to listen” as stated in the press release, but I guess that depends on who’s listening?

Stylistically the record is free to flit in and out of form with various genres being employed as and when necessary. The team that make up the record certainly have a wealth of experience to bring with drummer Chris being joined by Mike Outram on Guitar, Tom Cawley on Keyboards and Robin Mullarkey on Bass.
Track 3 is the stand out for me, the drumming on Shifty is so tight it’s out of this world and the atmospherics from the Keys and Guitar are really fantastic with the Bass underpinning a nice solid Drum and Bass style groove. A great piece of music, the highlight of the record, although the lounge driven climax of Where Land Ends itself is certainly a contender as it builds to it’s un-ashamed and conclusive rock freak out finale.
Personally I think the record on the whole is pretty decent. It’s a pleasant, light and breezy affair, technically unquestionable, very smoothly played with tight slick production and I would recommend it as a treat listen for those who want a bit of high quality modern Jazz and Funk fusion.
Chris Higginbottom – Where Land Ends (F-IRECD63)  is now available - details.
Wesley Stephenson

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