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Today Tuesday February 18

Afternoon

Jazz

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Acoustic Infusion w Ray Dales - Forum Music Centre, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG. Tel: 01325 363135. 7:30pm (doors 7:00pm). £5.00.

Abbie Finn Trio - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB. Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations). Hexham Jazz Club.

Blues/Soul/Folk etc.

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Saturday, May 25, 2013

CD Review: Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette - Somewhere.

Keith Jarrett (pno); Gary Peacock (bs); Jack De Johnette (dms).
Pick out your three faves to form a trio and, maybe, this could be it. Request that they play from the good old GAsbook and your dream has come true!
Listening to Jarrett playing Stars Fell on Alabama brings to mind Eddie Condon's famous quote on hearing Bix for the first time - you know the one - "the sound came out like a girl saying yes". That is how powerful this, and the other standards, are on this disc recorded back in 2009 at a concert in Lucerne, Switzerland as part of his "Standards Tour".
Give Jarrett, or indeed any musician of his standing, tunes like this to work on and it simply blows away the boring as bread originals musicians produce to avoid paying royalties to long dead composer's estates! 
Jarrett, to me, fills that niche between (not The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea which he does brilliantly here) but the middle ground twixt Peterson and Evans. Jarrett has drawn from both and threw in his own two bits to make this a most enjoyable CD.
Peacock and DeJohnette couldn't be bettered - they're with the main man all the way.
And just in case you think that jazz people have done all there is to be done with West Side Story listen to what these guys do with Somewhere and Tonight!
The album finishes with I Thought About You and I thought about this album a lot - it's a contender!
Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette - Somewhere. ECM 2766370. Available May 27, 2013.
Lance.

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