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Today Thursday November 21

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Brand New Heavies - Riverside, Neptune House, Close, Newcastle NE1 3RQ. 7:00pm. £25.00.

Alice Grace-Jordan Alfonso Quintet - St James' & St Basil's Church, Fenham Hall Drive, Fenham, Newcastle NE4 9EJ. 7:30pm. £8.00. (£4.00. student).

Son Yambu - Whorlton Village Hall, Barnard Castle DL12 8XD. Tel: 01833 627253. 7:30pm. £10.00., £5.00. child, £25.00. family.

Maine Street Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Hollywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:30pm. Free.

Tees Hot Club w. Dan Johnson (tenor sax); Donna Hewitt (slto sax); Dave Archbold (keys). - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm. £2.50.

Blues/Soul/Funk/Etc.

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

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Watson Walker Edis @ The Lit & Phil. May 10, 2013


Lewis Watson (tenor saxophone), Rob Walker (drums) & Paul Edis (piano)
(Review by Russell - Photo by Jerry)
Another in the monthly lunchtime series of jazz gigs at the Lit & Phil and another full house. For some reason the jazz public has taken to the city centre venue from the get go; central location, a warm welcome from the Lit & Phil’s staff, quality bottled beers, tea, coffee and…top class jazz. It isn't rocket science, simply jazz.
The trio of Watson Walker Edis made its debut at the Lit & Phil something like two years ago and since then a further four or five performances (in Newcastle and at the recent Gateshead International Jazz Festival) have garnered glowing reviews. And so to this latest outing. Tenor saxophonist Lewis Watson was at pains to point out that the music was ‘difficult’, that melody would become apparent should the listener ‘stick with it’. Central to the performance was the spirit of Albert Ayler.
Compositions were shared between the three musicians. Two pieces - On the Plus Side (comp. Edis) and Bells 2 (comp. Walker) - played without a break, opened the programme, Watson’s rich, full tenor sound is that of the consummate working musician, drummer Rob Walker, perhaps best described as a ‘musicians musician’, exudes taste. A ‘listening’ player, reading the parts, creative and expressive, Walker is the perfect fit in this trio.
The Albert Suite, comprising nine parts, ran for something like forty five minutes. On In the Ether Walker played with open hand - palms, fingertips, then forearm, elbow, palm, fingertips. This was a superb demonstration of the art of the percussionist. Pianist Paul Edis immersed himself in the music, creating motifs, ascending, descending, as Watson’s authoritative tenor delved deep into Ayler territory. Carried on the Wind (comp. Edis) and another Edis composition - Rumbles - drew the best from Watson, then, the heart of the concert - Albert (comp. Watson) - drew the breath from the composer. Sustained intensity covering the free landscape sculpted by Coltrane and Ayler reaffirmed Watson’s pre-eminence in the ranks of the great tenor players. Watson Walker Edis perform together rarely. Each occasion is a treat.
Watch out for their next gig. If there is any justice then a CD recording should document the work of this trio. Gig of the year. 
Russell.                  

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