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Saturday 15: Anth Purdy - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm. Free (donations). Purdy’s solo ‘Swing Jazz Guitar’ show. Limited capacity.

Thursday 20: Vieux Carre Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone, North Tyneside NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, 27 Sunniside Rd., Gateshead NE16 5NA. 8:30pm.

Friday 21: Lindsay Hannon - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9:00pm. Free (donations). Limited capacity.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

CD Review: Bruno Heinen Sextet - Tierkreis.

Bruno Heinen (pno/music boxes); Fulvio Surgatà (tpt); Tom Challenger (tpt); James Allsopp (bs. clt.); Andrea Di Biase (bs); Jon Scott (dms).
(Review by Lance)
When I read the notes I was suspicious - a work by Stockhausen in 12 parts based on the signs of the Zodiac filled me with trepidation and my first thought was, who can I palm this off on? Fortunately I didn't, and it turns out be quite a delightful disc! The music boxes are incorporated sparingly and effectively, heads are melodic and the solos well within the bounds of comprehension.
Heinen is a sensitive player, classically trained but with a jazzman's ability to extract that extra something from the most unlikely source. Italian born trumpet player Surgatà, is now London based after having studied at Berklee in Boston and obtained a Masters at the Guildhall. His tone is full and at times melancholic. Very appealing sound.
Tenorist, Tom Challenger, is another Guildhall graduate. Warm, emotional, a player of considerable originality. Bass clarinettist, Allsop has occasional moments of insanity - Scorpio in particular - but otherwise he behaves himself drawing some rich melodic sounds from his chosen instrument. My own particular birth sign - Pisces - appeared to have Allsop playing a duet with himself (unless Challenger was playing a Bb clarinet?)
Most enjoyable - I may even start listening to Stockhausen himself.
CD Review: Bruno Heinen Sextet - Tierkreis. was launched at The Vortex on April 3, and is released on April 15.
Lance.

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