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Josh Weir: I love the writing on bebop spoken here... I think the work you are doing is amazing.

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16221 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 103 of them this year alone and, so far, 47 this month (Feb. 18).

From This Moment On ...

February 2024

Fri 23: Mark Williams Trio @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm. £8.00. SOLD OUT!
Fri 23: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 23: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 23: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 23: Salty Dog Trio @ The Greenhouse, Tynemouth. 7:00pm. £8.00. (£6.00. adv.). CANCELLED!
Fri 23: Crooners @ The Maltings, Berwick upon Tweed. 7:30pm. £30.00., £28.00.
Fri 23: Strictly Smokin' Big Band w Dennis Rollins @ Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Sat 24: NUJO Jazz Jam @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm (doors). Free (donations). A Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra event, all welcome.
Sat 24: Bradley Creswick’s Western Swingfonia @ Hexham Abbey, Hexham. 7:30pm. £15.00. A fundraiser for Hexham Abbey.
Sat 24: Papa G’s Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 25: Musicians Unlimited @ The Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 25: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:30pm. Free.
Sun 25: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 25: Lindsay Hannon: Tom Waits for No Man + Lee Maddison @ Laurels, Whitley Bay. 4:00pm (3:30pm doors). £11.00., £8.80. inc. bf. SOLD OUT!
Sun 25: Bex Burch + Rachel Musson @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £11.00. Two solo performances. JNE.
Sun 25: Jazz Jam @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Mon 26: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 27: Ruth Lambert Quartet @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 8:00pm (7:00pm doors). £12.00., £10.00. (adv.).

Wed 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 28: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 28: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 29: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm.
Thu 29: Student Performances @ King’s Hall, Newcastle University. 4:00pm. Free. Inc. Olly Styles (saxophone).
Thu 29: ’58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:00pm. Free.
Thu 27: Student Jazz Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Thu 29: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Josh Bentham (alto sax); Graham Thompson (keys); Adrian Beadnell (bass).

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

CD Review: Felipe Salles - Departure

Felipe Salles (ten/sop/fl/bs clt); Randy Brecker (tpt); Nando Michelin (pno); Keala Kaumeheiwa (bs); Bertram Lehmann (dms/perc); Laura Arpiainen (vln).
Brazilian reedman and composer Salles has put together an intriguing collection of originals drawn from his immersion in a mix of the native music of Brazil, contemporary classical music and, of course, jazz in the form of Bebop, Blues and beyond. Add ace trumpet man Randy Brecker and Salles' long term international band (pianist from Uruguay, German drummer, Boston bassist and a violinist from Helsinki) and you have a very cosmopolitan cupcake.
Needless to say, any album with Brecker aboard is worth listening to but, in case you aren't familiar with the leader's work, Salles is one mighty tenor player. The moods vary. Title track Departure gives an audio image of an airport scenario and maybe Seagull's Island is passed over on the journey. Both tracks are post hard bop workouts but Béla's Reflection is a jazzy exploration of composer Béla Bartok's work. 
Maracatu D'Orleans takes the indigenous music of Pernambuco and infuses it with some post bop and a hint of New Orleans drumming. Brecker shines and I could imagine this played by Blakey's Jazz Messengers. Awaiting - a plaintive cry for help with Salles at his most lyrical. This is someone gazing into the unknown -  will she/won't she? B's Blues has Salles exploring - could be Joe Lovano, Salles knows his way around the horn. Michelin's piano break prompts Salles into further extravaganzas. Bass and drums do a Time Out chorus before Salles takes it out. I haven't studied enough Schoenberg to appreciate the niceties of Schoenberg's Error. C'est La vie! It's a rather beautiful piece anyway and it doesn't sound like an error to me! It contains, perhaps, Salles finest solo of the album. Michelin's solo let's us know that Uruguay can also nurture jazz musicians. Adagio Trieste is quite lovely with it's pastoral meandering - each player taking a slow walk down their own favourite byways - a lover's lane, a school walk or just a place to wander and reminisce. It didn't lead to the next street which was, 52nd Street, This track - Natural Selection - was born in Birdland, on 52nd or maybe at Mintons. For me this is the track of the album but, bebop biassed as I am., it would be! Brecker and Salles lay it down.
Recommended.
Lance.

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