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Ethan Iverson: "Mickey Roker played drums in church, and his beat on [Mary Lou] Williams' "Ode to St. Cecile" might make even a diehard atheist a believer" - (JazzTimes Sept. 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 Monday October 14

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.

Evening

Richard Bona & Alfredo Rodriguez - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. 8:00pm. £24.50.

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Sunday, April 21, 2013

CD Review: Klökkeblömst

Anders Banke (tenor sax); Peter Danstrup (acoustic bass guitar); Anders Provis (drums and cymbals.).
(Review by Lance.)
A contemporary slice of Danish jazz that is surprisingly melodic. I quote: "Corresponding to an overall theme - songs that could have been Danish" is somewhat confusing as all ten tracks were written by acoustic bass guitarist Danstrup who is Danish which, by my reasoning, means not only could they have been Danish but they are Danish unless I'm missing something!
Danstrup describes the themes as singable but quirky. Quirky they certainly are but I think it would take one helluva singer to get the best out of them.
I don't know if anyone has put lyrics to them but the titles should inspire someone to put words to the quirks.
e.g. Under the Crown of the Beech in the Warm Lap of a Maiden; And the Wave Curled Upon the Briny Beach; The Harvest has Been Reaped, the Whisper of the Southern Wind, Merrily Twirls the Maiden's Ringlets; The Bitter Rain Strikes me, and the Sun Disappears in the Darkness; Smile my Friend, Just Swig the Golden Chalice, You Are Free.
Having said all that, I do actually like the music (and the titles!) Tenor saxophonist Banke gets a good sound and despite his tendency to occasionally venture "Outside" he doesn't stray too far.
As well as the compositions, Danstrup provides meaningful lines rather than traditional double bass patterns. He had a long association with the late John Tchicai and his Ballad to John T is an emotional homage.
Provis, on drums and cymbals - the description is from the album notes - adds his 3 kroner to the mix making this a delightful insight into the Danish Jazz World.
Find out more at www.peterdanstrup.com.
Klökkeblömst was released on April 15 by ILK Music.
Lance.

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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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