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Today Friday December 13

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux CarréJazzmen - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. ‘Christmas Jazz Lunch’. Details from 0191 252 9429).

Dean Stockdale Trio - The Merry Monk, 30 Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening.

Jazz

‘An Evening of Swing & Sparkle’ - National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland SR6 0GL. Tel: 0191 515 5555. 7:30pm. £35.00. Rat Pack evening inc. 4-course meal.

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Gosforth Civic Theatre, Regents Farm Road, Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3HD. Tel: 0191 284 3700. 8:00pm. £12.00. + bf. First night of two.

Chris Dean's Syd Lawrence Orchestra - Yarm School, Stockton TS15 9EJ. Tel: 01642 786023. 7:30pm (6:30pm doors). £18.00. + £1.80. bf (£15.00. + £1.50. bf). 'Mistletoe & Miller'.

Blues, Funk/Soul etc.

Baghdaddies - Cobalt Studios, Boyd Street, NewcastleNE2 1AP. £10.68 (inc. bf). ‘Big Xmas Knees Up’.

Swamp Hoppers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.

George Shovlin & the Acoustic Radars feat. Pat Rafferty + George Pallas & John Wilkins - Whitburn Cricket Club, East Street, Whitburn SR6 7BZ. Tel: 0191 529 3187. 7:30pm (7:00pm doors). £7.50. admission by ticket only (from www.wegottickets.com). 'The Bents Road Sessions'.

Dead Skunk Skiffle & Blues Orchestra + Stetson Five - Station East, Hills Street, Gateshead NE8 2AN. 8:00pm. Free.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

CD Review: Claudio Scolari – Synthesis (CSMD05)


(Review by Wes.)
I can’t say that I’m particularly familiar with the Jazz scene in Rome and what’s happening there but if the new album “Synthesis” by Claudio Scolari, his son Simone and Daniele Cavalca is anything to go by then it sounds like it’s pretty healthy right now. This is certainly one of the more interesting CD’s that I have been given recently for review.

The album features 7 tracks in total and manages to very effectively fuse the instruments we would traditionally associate with Jazz such as Trumpet, Piano, Bass and Drums along with Electronics and the lovely organic sound of the Melodica, there’s even some Vibraphone and Flute in there for good measure. I’ve always been a big fan of the Melodica and to hear it within a swinging modern Jazz context is really refreshing and helps to elevate this album, to bring it into it’s own and give the music it’s own sense of identity.
Like the best Jazz albums “Synthesis” seems to balance very accordingly part composition and part improvisation to maintain both stability whilst retaining the playful and magical edge that comes with true reactionary improvised music. Similarly the artwork for the album whilst being by no means original does suit the recordings very well featuring a gathering of birds, some of which remain static and solid perched on a tree or telegraph wire whilst others fly free in the air, there is something very simple or should I say refined about this incredibly accomplished music and it’s presentation.
Stylistically there isn’t really a way to pin point what’s happening here which is part of the beauty, it’s modern and it’s most definitely Jazz!… and somewhere in their you’ll find slices of Be-Bop, Freeform, Classical and a distinctive Italian edge, there’s a warmth.
Track 5 “Fragments Of Autumn” for me stands out in particular, it has a great hook and flows so lovely with a great mesh of sounds to prick up your ears. The albums conclusion “Hymn of the Inventions” is also well worthy of a mention, a long ethereal trip built around the Melodica.
This album is released by Principal Records and you can find out more at www.claudioscolari.com
Wesley Stephenson

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