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George Shearing: "Speaking about Johann Sebastian Bach I think he'd be a real jazzer if he were alive today. I mean any man who has two wives, twenty kids, gets kicked out of the church for being too harmonically radical and drinks beer can't be all wrong can he?" - (Crescendo March 1984.)

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Today Thursday December 12

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 12:00pm. Free.

Note earlier time for this week only!

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Evening

Jazz

Hot Club du Nord - Lubetkin Theatre, East Durham College, Willerby Drive, Peterlee SR8 2RN. Tel: 0191 518 2000. 7:00pm. £10.00. (£5.00. under 18s). 'Jazz at the Lubetkin'.

Gala Big Band - Gala Theatre & Cinema, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. Tel: 03000 266 600. 7:30pm. £10.00. (£8.00. concs.). ‘Gala Big Band Does Christmas’.

Durham University Big Band - Dunelm House, New Elvet, Durham DH1 3AN. Tel: 0191 334 1777. Free. 7:30pm. ‘Jazzy Christmas’.

Indigo Jazz Voices - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00. (£2.00. student).

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

Tees Hot Club w. Gus Smith (vocals); Dave Stansfield (tenor sax); Ted Pearce (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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Friday, September 13, 2013

CD Review: Mike Jones Trio - Plays Well With Others.

Mike Jones (pno); Mike Gurrola (bs); Jeff Hamilton (dms).
The world hasn't gone mad - not when there are records like this around! This is simply the best piano record I've heard since the heyday of Oscar Peterson. Strong words I know but it is so refreshing to hear a pianist who draws from the classic repertoire rather than his own compositions although Jones does have a couple of his own pieces included.
Box Viewing Blues and Obscuro Blues. Fine, but it is what he does with tunes such as Besame Mucho, Harold Adamson's It's a Wonderful World - not to be confused with the tune Satchmo was associated with - this is a swinging number that is as good as any song with wonderful in the title and better than many that don't! - a sensitive Detour Ahead, a rockin' I'm Walkin', I'm Old Fashioned and maybe I am but I love to hear a pianist who recognises that a piano has 88 notes and who uses them with both hands. This is an impossible record to review other than to say go out and buy ten copies because you'll wear the other nine out very quickly.
And if you still have any doubts, let me remind you that Jeff Hamilton's on drums. - he could swing an elephant in a phone booth!
Still not convinced? then listen to the bass lines that Gurrola puts down!
This is my record of the year unless the deaths of Tatum, Garner and Peterson have been greatly exaggerated.
Where have you been hiding Mike? - I see, Vegas huh? Well look, if you ever come to the UK we'd love to hear you at one of the jazz bars in Newcastle...I might pay a visit to my local bookie joint (betting shop) to try and make it possible... .
Mike Jones Trio - Plays Well With Others is available on Capri Records from Sept. 17.
Lance.

2 comments :

Lance said...

Sorry Mike, came in third...

Cathe Jones said...

wow.... love this review!!! love the album!