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Bill Reglein (JJ Babbitt m/pieces): "We made this mouthpiece for Eddie Harris. He played tenor sax and trumpet. He played in some pretty rough bars. The story goes that he was afraid he'd get in a fight and get his teeth knocked out. He figured that if even that happened he could still play tenor. So, the request came in, 'Can I get a reed mouthpiece for my trumpet?' the company made exactly one." - (DownBeat October 2019).

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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 Saturday September 21

Afternoon

Jazz

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden (see above).

Solitude - St John's Church, Grainger St., Newcastle NE1 5JG. 11:00am & 2:00pm. Free. Gabriele Heller’s audio play (40mins).

Jeff Barnhart’s Silent Film Festival: Reel 2 - St Augustine's Parish Centre, Larchfield Street, Darlington DL3 7TG. 12:30pm. £10.00. (under 16s free). Barnhart’s piano accompaniment to classic silent films.

Vieux Carré Jazzmen: River Tyne Jazz Cruise - Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. Departing 1:00pm (boarding from 12:30pm) from o/s Pitcher & Piano, returning 4:00pm. Tickets: £25.00. (info 0191 252 9429/07710 528413). On board buffet & Tyne Bank Brewery bar.

Evening

Ronnie Scott's All Stars - Middlesbrough Theatre, The Avenue, Middlesbrough TS5 6SA. Tel: 01642 815181. 8:00pm. £22.50. (inc bf). Ronnie Scott's Story: 60th Anniversary Concert.

Nikki Iles, Karen Sharp & Friends - Queen's Hall Library, Queen's Hall Arts Centre, Beaumont Street, Hexham NE46 3LS. Tel: 01434 652477. 9:30pm. £15.00. A Hexham Abbey Festival of Music & Arts event.

Blues/Funk/Soul

Bullfrog Blues Band - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. 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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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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