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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 Tuesday July 23

Afternoon

Jazz

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden. See above.

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

Evening

Jazz

Jam Session - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel. 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. House trio: Stu Collingwood; Paul Grainger; Matt MacKellar.

Archipelago & J Frisco + Mark Williams Trio - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. 8:00pm. £9.90.

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

Sunday, September 22, 2013

CD Review: Empirical Tabula Rasa

Nathaniel Facey (alto saxophone), Shaney Forbes (drums), Tom Farmer (double bass) & Lewis Wright (vibes) 
(Review by Russell)
Tabula Rasa is Empirical’s fourth CD. The listener is encouraged to approach the album without preconceptions, a blank slate (Tabula Rasa). Ears open, mind receptive. A two disc CD, Empirical work with the Benyounes String Quartet, having first  encountered them at Trinity Laban, London. All four members of Empirical have written for the album (fourteen tracks in total).
Keen to emphasise that the recording isn’t simply jazz quartet with the addition of strings, the opening track - The Simple Light Shines Brightest (comp. Facey) - begins with the Benyounes and Shaney Forbes’ sensitive percussion, then Lewis Wright’s vibes, with altoist Nathaniel Facey heard latterly. The contemporary jazz feel for which the band has become known is perhaps best represented by Empiricism (comp. Forbes) and Studies in Time (comp. Farmer). Forbes’ Where Wisdom is Found closes the first CD with a distinct ‘jazz with strings’ format. A lush string arrangement rather than ‘outside’ playing, without preconceptions this came as something of a surprise!
One for ‘Bones’ (comp. Facey) opens the second CD with the composer’s incisive, bullet-point alto encased in Wright’s ethereal  vibes until Forbes breaks it up with some sharp drumming. Wright’s The World in His Mind, a mid tempo piece, offers space to all; Forbes’ roams across the kit, playful alto dances this way then that and strings take it out. Facey’s bop-inspired Scoffie (The Moody One) lets Farmer take it for a walk as the quartet presses the accelerator. Contemporary classical, contemporary composition, call it what you will, Forbes’ Repentance signals another change of direction. Dark strings, urgent vibes (right out of 1960s French New Wave cinema), finally resolved in a pastoral stillness.
Empirical can be heard in concert with the Benyounes String Quartet at the Purcell Room, London on October 16.
Tabula Rasa is available now on Naim Jazz Records (naimcd 193).           
Russell.     

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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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Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
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Lance