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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.

Friday, November 30, 2012

CD Review: Dice Factory.

Tom Challenger (ten); George Fogel (pno); Tom Farmer (bs); Jon Scott (dms).
(Review by Lance)
The name, Dice Factory, was chosen as a result of a fascination with author Luke Reinhardt's cult classic novel The Dice Man where decisions made by dice rolling determine structural events which are then lived through for periods of time.
Indeed there are moments when the music on this CD seems to have been determined by the rolling of musical dice whereby each player throws a different number. These periods of chaotic madness are, nevertheless, not without a perverse appeal and usually interspersed with spells of rare beauty where themes are explored and delivered with tenderness - maybe they threw a simultaneous 7 or 11 on these occasions.
Pianist Fogel has discovered some chords that Monk and Cecil Taylor missed as well as some they didn't.
Challenger's tenor on the appropriately titled You're Lucky is well within the bounds of jazz respectability with pianist and tenor integrating effectively. Challenger, I guess, achieves that much sort after goal of combining lyricism with aggression without offending the sensitive ear.
It may lean towards The Outside  but the overall feel is of Structured Anarchy - let's protest but don't smash any windows.
Pipes is almost a lullaby that gradually develops into a beautiful pastoral dream. Jon Scott propels T.N.G  with his powerful drumming before a compelling theme evolves and Fogel builds it with a repetitive rhythm behind Challenger's long drawn out notes. There is going to be an explosion but no, it gently disappears.
It took me a few listens to get into this disc and whilst it is outside my general comfort zone I found it ok.
As regards the musicianship - The Dice Factory are no crap shooters!
Lance.

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