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Jeremy Pelt: "It [Birth of the Cool sessions] was bebop in sheep's clothing." - (DownBeat, December 2019).

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Today Tuesday November 12

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. Tel: 0191 227 5500. 1:15pm. Stanley Nelson's 2019 documentary film.

Evening

Jazz

Not Now Charlie - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB.Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

Blues

Sugaray Rayford - Cluny, Lime St., Newcastle NE1 2PQ. Tel 0191 230 4474. 8:00pm. £15.00.

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

Monday, November 26, 2012

Sonsale @ The Bridge Hotel.

Corey Mwamba (vibes), Valentin Ceccaldi (cello), Andy Champion (double bass) & Sylvain Darrifourcq (drums & electronics).
(Review by Russell).
An Anglo - French collaboration, a world premiere performance, one half of a double bill - this was quite an occasion at the Bridge Hotel. The French component - cellist Valentin Ceccaldi and genial drummer Sylvain Darrifourcq - arrived days earlier to meet up with a Gateshead lad (bassist Andy Champion) and an emerging figure in the vibes fraternity, all the way from the midlands, Corey Mwamba. The getting-to know-you sessions promised much.
 On the night the quartet delivered a set of considered, restrained pieces. Champion and Darrifourcq are known for leading high octane outfits - Q and ACV respectively - so it took time adjusting to a chamber music performance. Cellist Ceccaldi, the one member of the ensemble new to Tyneside, provided a highlight of the improvisations with a killer repeated figure (a few bars and it had gone). Mwamba adopted a subdued role, dazzling lines kept in check, so too the malleted Champion. Master percussionist Darrifourcq gave another master class, on this occasion incorporating the use of electronics. Dates in the UK and France are being finalised for sometime in 2013. 
Russell.              

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

I've seen Andy Champion play the five-string fretless electric bass, tickle the body of the double bass with a broken string, complain about a passing train being out of tune with him, but I've never seen him going at his bass with mallets as described in the review. That must have been interesting. Did any of the strings remain intact at the end?

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