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Today Sunday June 16

Birthday wishes to Steve H.

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. Free.

Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 1:00pm (doors 12 noon). Free.

Alice Grace & Ben Helm - Bonbar, Fenkle St., Newcastle NE1 5XU. Tel: 0191 232 8695. 1:30pm.

Jazz Social - Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 4:00pm. Free.

Blues/Funk/Soul

The Panthers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Sour Mash Trio - The Schooner, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3AF. 5:00pm. Free.

Evening

Customs House Big Band - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE33 1ES. Tel: 0191 454 1234. 6:00pm. £13.00. ‘Swing on a Summer’s Evening’. The band’s 20th anniversary concert.

East Coast Jazz Jam - The Exchange, Howard Street, North Shields NE30 1SE. Tel: 0191 258 4111. 6:00pm. Free.

Gerry Richardson Quartet - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £6.00. ( (£3.00. student).

DU Jazz Soc jam session - Fabio’s Bar, Saddler St, Durham DH13NP. Tel: 0191 383 9290. 7:30pm. Free.

Francis Tulip Quartet - Black Bull, Bridge Street, Blaydon NE21 4JJ. Tel: 0191 414 2846. 7:30pm. £7.00. Line-up: Francis Tulip (guitar); Ben Lawrence (piano); John Pope (bass); Matt MacKellar (drums)

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

Sunday, May 12, 2013

CD Review: Tatterdemalion Rachel Musson/Mark Sanders/Liam Noble


Rachel Musson (tenor & soprano saxophones), Mark Sanders (drums) & Liam Noble (keyboards)
(Review by Russell)
Tatterdemalion is a 2012 recording on the Babel Label. North East audiences are familiar with the work of free jazz drummer Mark Sanders (a frequent visitor to Tyneside) and pianist Liam Noble turns-up in a variety of contexts, most recently with Christine Tobin at the Gateshead International Jazz Festival. Schmazz regulars heard Rachel Musson at the Cluny some time ago and this CD release confirms her arrival on the improv scene. 
Seven tracks - the titles suggest a thematic structure (May Be a Silken Thread, Wheel, Spinning, The Blanket Feels Woolen) - link together musically; Noble’s electronic manipulations a welcome surprise, Sanders’ percussion battery alert to the adventures of keyboards and reeds, Musson’s braying tenor, Musson’s upper register filigree. Foghorn tenor opens the recording on May Be a Silken Thread inviting Noble to tamper with the voltage. Wheel features Musson in free-wheeling form with Sander’s signature sound ( the shredding of bells!) ringing-out. The Blue Man sees Musson switch to soprano as Sanders delves into his tool box, unearthing more bells, chains and wood blocks. On My Road casts Noble as manic manipulator, frantically shifting ground, failing to shake-off Musson’s taut, sustained upper register tenor assault. Spinning hears-out Musson’s protesting, disorientated saxophone, lost in a MC Esher echo chamber. The Blanket Feels Woolen is a quiet affair; Gamelan delicacy, breathy tenor, polite enquiry. The closing number - You Wear Your Colours and Move - is in stark contrast to the tumultuous opening tracks with its taut tenor slow movement. Tatterdemalion is available on Babel (BDV13115).              
Russell.               

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