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14454 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 732 of them this year alone and, so far, 30 this month (August 11).

From This Moment On ...

August

Thu 11: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 11: Baghdaddies @ Cumberland Arms, Newcastle. Time TBC.
Thu 11: Indigo Jazz Voices: Little Big Band Special @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:45pm. POSTPONED!
Thu 11: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm. Guests Donna Hewitt (sax) Josh Bentham (sax) Garry Hadfield (keys).

Fri 12: Ben Gilbert Trio @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm.
Fri 12: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 12: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 12: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.

Sun 14: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 14: Tees Valley Jazzmen @ Hammer & Pincers, Preston le Skerne. 1:00pm.
Sun 14: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ West Park, South Shields. 2:00pm.
Sun 14: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 14: Anth Purdy @ Blues & Bourbon, Newcastle. 4:00pm. Free.
Sun 14: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Sun 14: Sunday Night Am Jam Special @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Note start time.

Mon 15: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 15: Stu Collingwood Organ Trio @ Black Bull, Blaydon. 8:00pm. Blaydon Jazz Club.

Wed 17: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 17: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 17: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 17: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

CD Review: Nathan Haines - The Poet's Embrace.

Nathan Haines (ten); Kevin Field (pno); Alan Koetsier (dms); Thomas Botting (bs).
(Review by Lance.)
New Zealand, to the best of my knowledge, isn't a country with a rich jazz heritage. Off hand, I can't think of any musicians  from NZ who have made their mark as jazzmen. With this CD however, all that may change!
Nathan Haines is a new name to me although, back in the 1990's he lived in London and even owned a night club - Bernsahl. More recently, he played two sell-out nights at Ronnie Scott's.
The Poet's Embrace was recorded in Auckland and features Haines' emotional, refreshingly dry sounding tenor on six of his own compositions. He's not one of your 100 notes a second guys but a player who makes every note and phrase count without straying far from the normal range of the instrument. Think Blue Note and you get the picture.
On piano, fellow Kiwi Field - an early associate of Haines - solos and comps effectively sounding at times not unlike Bill Evans, which is no bad thing, displaying a rich harmonic concept. The pianist also contributed the final track Offering. Drummer Koetsier drives and kicks ass when ass-kicking is required and cajoles and makes love to the kit when tenderness is the priority. Bassist Botting brings body to the band filling it out, complementing Fields' harmonies with his own sympathetic voicings.
The Poet's Embrace was recorded straight to tape on analogue equipment with no mixing or overdubs. This probably accounts for the warmth and authenticity that the album exudes, capturing the spirit of classic jazz recordings before the multi-track, digital era.
Release date for The Poet's Embrace (Warner Jazz) is May 6, 2013.
Lance.

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