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OCTOBER

THURSDAY 1

Vieux Carre Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside NE27 0DA. 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

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Maine St Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Sunniside Road, Sunniside NE16 5NA. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:00 -10:00pm. Free. Note earlier start/finish. CANCELLED! Back on October 8

Smoove & Turrell (Unplugged) - Hoochie Coochie, Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. 7:00pm (6:00pm doors). £25.00. Limited capacity, book at www.hoochiecoochie.co.uk.

FRIDAY 2

Smoove & Turrell (Unplugged) - Hoochie Coochie, Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. 7:00pm (6:00pm doors). £25.00. Limited capacity, book at www.hoochiecoochie.co.uk. SOLD OUT!

TBC - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm-10:00pm. Free (donations). Limited capacity. A Blind Pig Blues Club event.

SATURDAY 3

Emma Wilson Blues Band - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7DN. 8:00pm. Limited capacity, in the first instance register for the live stream (£5.45.) at: www.jazzcoop.

SUNDAY 4

Vieux Carre Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. Tel: 0191 691 7090. Free.

Gerry Richardson Quintet - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7DN. 8:00pm. Limited capacity, in the first instance register for the live stream (£5.45.) at: www.jazzcoop. The band’s 25th anniversary celebrations!

Monday, January 28, 2013

CD Review: Wave Mechanics Union: Further To Fly


(Review by Ann Alex).
Would  you  like  to  hear  the Paul Simon song Further To Fly with  a  tricky  latin  beat, sax cutting across, sung by a sweet-voiced  woman who knows how to express the lyrics?  Or King Crimson’s  Heartbeat,  with  fully  explored  rhythms  on  the bassoon;  or  Tom  Wait’s  Swordfishtrombone, a wonderfully witty  black   comedy  narrative  about a war veteran?  These and   many  other  delights  await you  on this CD.  Then there’s the saxophone solo on a jazz version  of  Wondrous  Stories;  the  catchy melody of Mark Knopler’s Your Latest Trick; or Slow  Like  Honey,  played  with additional strings which flow down the tune, just like honey.
This CD came about as a project by two arrangers, Ryan Fraley and Ralph Johnson, who are usually up for hire by clients.  They decided that they would hire the musicians instead so that they could work in collaboration, arranging progressive rock and pop classics in a jazz style, and the result is this very listenable CD.  Most tracks involve vocals by Lydia McAdams, giving us sensitive interpretations of the songs, and guest vocalist Jon Anderson of rock group Yes.  Each track was chosen by a musician involved in the project, and their comments quoted in the CD notes show a deep understanding of the music, for instance, about Further To Fly  ‘I was attracted to the unusual and clever syncopations in Further To Fly’.
The CD is good value, 14 tracks lasting just over an hour, with a well thought out order of songs, beginning with Further To Fly, which this group of musicians surely has, and rounding off with the Queen number The Show Must Go On, in which the singer builds up the emotion without going over the top.  It was difficult not to shed a tear when listening to this song, about the basic loneliness of being a performer.  I predict that the show will go on for Wave Mechanics Union.
To see a slideshow of photos and names of the 30 or so musicians involved, go to the website www.progjazz.com  Highly recommended that you have a look.
Wave Mechanics Union: Further To Fly was issued late last year on the HX Music LLC label.  
Ann Alex

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