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Jackie Paris: "A singer's got to be able to tell a story. Frank Sinatra and Nat Cole are best at that; Mel Tormé too. I like to take a lyric that means something and sing it right to the person it was meant for." - (DownBeat October 11, 1962).

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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.

Today Monday September 16

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.

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Friday, March 08, 2013

CD Review: Aquarium - Places.


Sam Leak (pno); James Allsopp (ten/bs.clt);  Calum Gourley (bs); Joshua Blackmore (dms).
(Review by Russell)
Pianist Sam Leak presents eight compositions on Places the new release from Aquarium on  Jellymould  Jazz. A quartet variously comprising graduates of the Royal Academy of Music and multi-award winning musicians on the UK scene,  Leak has clearly written for the musicians on this recording.
Reeds virtuoso James Allsopp is afforded generous solo space on tenor saxophone and the occasional bass clarinet excursion (hearing Allsopp in concert on the latter instrument was a truly memorable experience). Tenor and piano flow effortlessly on the title track, in contrast to the coiled intensity of the post-Coltrane Milan on which Allsopp’s measured phrasing is challenged by Leak’s dark chord progressions.
The quartet’s accomplished ensemble playing is showcased on the dazzling up tempo Scribbles and Scrawls as drummer Joshua Blackmore and bassist Calum Gourlay chart the band in one direction before pulling it in another drawing an instantaneous response from Leak and Allsopp. Catherine Grove (one of the inspired ‘places’) features further sparkling playing as Leak’s clarity of thought constructs an impressive solo.
There is a bonus track - a live recording of Milan at the 2011 London Jazz Festival - offering a compare and contrast exercise between studio and on location recordings. Places is released on Monday 11 March. The CD launch gig is at the Vortex, London on 30 May. Aquarium can be heard this Sunday (10 March) at the Pizza Express, Dean Street, London and throughout the country through to September and beyond.
Places is available on Jellymould Jazz (JM-JJ010). Recommended.
Russell.                                              

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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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