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Dayna Stephens: "I always tell them [students] there will never be anyone who will play it [EWI] as technically proficient as this cat [Michael Brecker] did." - (JazzTimes June 2019).

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Today Tuesday June 25

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Evening

Jam Session - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, 59 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel. 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. Free. Trio Alan Law, Paul Grainger, John Bradford.

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Saturday, November 03, 2012

CD Review: Neil C. Young Trio - 'El Camino'.

Neil C.Young (gtr); Alan Whitham (bs); Richard Young (dms).
(Review by Lance.)
An album of originals by Neil C.Young - Nutter Strut written by Young, the drummer, is the only exception. The compositions are well within the comfort zone of most of our readers and contain some compelling themes. Strangely, several of them could easily have been written by our own north east guitar heroes Mark Williams and Lloyd Wright!

Young (the guitar) honed his craft with Gary Boyle and later with Fred T. Baker at Birmingham Conservatoire and has since toured Finland and the USA, received a couple of Grammy nominations, played in festivals around the world and reached number 2 in the Indian Album Charts - Neil's been around.
It shows in his playing. Funky, soulful and aware of the Benson, Schofield, Metheny school, Young may still be an under graduate at the BSMS but, not only will he soon be receiving his "diploma", he'll be on the Virtual Faculty alongside the other three!
Young, Richard, on drums does some shifty, nifty, thrifty chunky, funky, monkey drumming that lays it down exactly right. Nothing else would fit. Are the two Youngs brothers I wonder - they certainly belong in the same ballpark? And so does Whitham. Bass players, unless they're virtuosos, always get the short end of the stick but Whitham just shrugs and gets on with it. He knows, like most bass players, that they're indispensable  Unfortunately, club owners and band leaders don't always agree. I remember a club committee man once turning down my request that we add a bass player to the trio. "WTF for? They don't play tunes like proper fiddles!"
The bass player on this CD does. 
Neil C. Young Trio - 'El Camino' hits the streets on November 20.
Lance.

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