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Daily: July 6 - October 27

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden - Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead Quays, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3BA. Tel: 0191 478 1810. Screenings at intervals during the day. part of Akomfrah's exhibition Ballasts of Memory. Exhibition (daily) July 6 - October 27. 10:00am-6:00pm. Free.

Until July 21

Today Monday July 15

Afternoon

Jazz

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden (See above).

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Evening

Mnozil Brass: Cirque - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. Tel: 0300 266 600. 7:30pm. £23.00. (£19.00. concs.). A Durham Brass Festival event.

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Saturday, February 23, 2013

CD Review: Tomasz Stanko New York Quartet - Wislawa

Tomasz Stanko – Trumpet; David Virelles- Piano; Thomas Morgan -  Bass; Gerald Cleaver – Drums.
(Review by Steve Horowitz)
70 year old Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stanko leads his New York Quartet in an album dedicated to the late Nobel Laureate and fellow compatriot Wislawa Szymborska who’s poetry inspired Stanko and indeed provides some of the song titles on this album
The double CD begins with Wislawa, a slow moving, melancholy, piece that leads gently into Assasins  - a modern up tempo number with the rhythm section really cranking it up. Metafizyka  starts slowly but soon livens  and contains an eloquent bass solo from Morgan before gently winding down. Dernier Cri sees Stanko in a Milesian mode prior to a rousing interlude from the rhythm section before ending with graceful piano and drums from Virelles and Cleaver respectively. Mikrokosmos is a trumpet tour de force with all sorts of exciting squeals and reels going on before settling down with further great work from the rest of the quartet.  A gentle  ballad, Song for H, concludes the first CD.
CD 2 begins with Oni, an uplifting piece that once more demonstrates Stanko’s virtuosity. April Story is another peaceful ballad with more Davisesque horn. Tutaj – Here is a   more energetic number with drums the driving force. Faces, a post bop rasper, precedes the magnificently named track A Shaggy Vandal (not, I'm assured, dedicated to Boris Johnson!) The album concludes as it started with another version of the title track  Wislawa  brooding , moody and  peaceful.
A quiet slow burner comprising mainly of ballads with the odd driving number but all played subtlety and sensitively  by the ‘old master’ and his bright ‘new’  New York band. Wislawa also has the added bonus of introducing listeners to the poetry of Wislawa Szymborska. 
Recommended.
Tomasz Stanko New York Quartet - Wislawa, is available on the ECM label.
Steve H.

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
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