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Dayna Stephens: "I always tell them [students] there will never be anyone who will play it [EWI] as technically proficient as this cat [Michael Brecker] did." - (JazzTimes June 2019).

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Today Tuesday June 25

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Evening

Jam Session - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, 59 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel. 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. Free. Trio Alan Law, Paul Grainger, John Bradford.

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

Sunday, May 05, 2013

CD Review - Lacuna: Talk on the Step

Dan Messore (gtr/comp); Steve Waterman (tpt/flg); Lee Goodall (fl/alt); Aidan Thorne (bs); Ollie Howell (dms).
(Review by Lance)
This is delightful! Messore writes music that is meaningful by which I mean music that means something to the listener. Melodies that are identifiable as such and he plays them beautifully - well he would wouldn't he? You don't invent a game to get beat at it!
Having said that, Waterman and Goodall's contributions along with bass and drums are of equal importance so maybe a score draw all round with the leader getting the nod on the strength of his compositions.
How to define it? This is where Blue Note 1950's would be today if Blue Note today was where Blue Note 1950's would have been if they'd - aw forget it you know what I mean!
Released on the Babel label on May 27 it is a gem and a worthy addition to that label which, on these shores, is rapidly becoming the UK's Real Blue Note.
The fire here isn't in the Pet Shop,  it's in the long gone haunts of 52nd St but it's also in the jazz clubs of today it's in Ronnies, Birdland, the Village Vanguard and our own gone, but not forgotten, Jazz Café. These 5 guys incorporate the history of modern jazz with the present and, hopefully lay out a blueprint for the future.
On my shortlist.
Lance.
Lacuna: Talk on the Step is released by Babel on May 27.

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