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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.

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Sunday, March 10, 2013

CD Review: Callum Au Big Band - Something's Coming.

Personnel and samples.
(Review by Lance.)
22 year old trombonist Callum Au leads this stirring 17 piece ensemble from the front! His feature on the opening September in the Rain reveals him to be a player of maturity far beyond his years. What a rich fruity sound he gets! He quotes Mark Nightingale as being among his teachers. I think Mark himself would have been proud of this version!
The main feature of the album is a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story. A laudable endeavour but, hey, wait a minute, haven't both Kenton and Buddy Rich already done this?
I haven't got the Kenton disc but I do have Buddy's and it has to be said that this recording, made 40 years on is comparable and, with the developments during those years, is probably more advanced harmonically. The vocal contributions from Iain MacKenzie and Emma Smith also give it an edge.
Add guest soloists such as Nigel Hitchcock and Gareth Lockrane to put some icing on the cake and the mixture is becoming more potent by the minute but, in truth, the band soloists are strong enough in their own right and don't really need the visiting firemen - dynamic as their contributions are.
Economics being what they are, it is unlikely this band is going to be blowing in a pub near you which is a shame but with this disc on the player, a glass of something in hand and an appreciative group of friends it is maybe the next best option. You can play Buddy's version as well and, as the vino flows, watch the warring factions beat the shit out of each other!
Superb big band disc!
The Callum Au Big Band CD: Something's Coming was launched in January..
Lance.

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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.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
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Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
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