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Today Friday December 13

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux CarréJazzmen - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. ‘Christmas Jazz Lunch’. Details from 0191 252 9429).

Dean Stockdale Trio - The Merry Monk, 30 Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening.

Jazz

‘An Evening of Swing & Sparkle’ - National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland SR6 0GL. Tel: 0191 515 5555. 7:30pm. £35.00. Rat Pack evening inc. 4-course meal.

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Gosforth Civic Theatre, Regents Farm Road, Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3HD. Tel: 0191 284 3700. 8:00pm. £12.00. + bf. First night of two.

Chris Dean's Syd Lawrence Orchestra - Yarm School, Stockton TS15 9EJ. Tel: 01642 786023. 7:30pm (6:30pm doors). £18.00. + £1.80. bf (£15.00. + £1.50. bf). 'Mistletoe & Miller'.

Blues, Funk/Soul etc.

Baghdaddies - Cobalt Studios, Boyd Street, NewcastleNE2 1AP. £10.68 (inc. bf). ‘Big Xmas Knees Up’.

Swamp Hoppers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.

George Shovlin & the Acoustic Radars feat. Pat Rafferty + George Pallas & John Wilkins - Whitburn Cricket Club, East Street, Whitburn SR6 7BZ. Tel: 0191 529 3187. 7:30pm (7:00pm doors). £7.50. admission by ticket only (from www.wegottickets.com). 'The Bents Road Sessions'.

Dead Skunk Skiffle & Blues Orchestra + Stetson Five - Station East, Hills Street, Gateshead NE8 2AN. 8:00pm. Free.

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

Thursday, September 05, 2013

CD Review: Phillip Clouts Quartet - The Hour of the Pearl

Philip Clouts (pno); Carlos Lopez-Real (alt/sop); Alex Keen (bs); Jon Desbruslais (dms).
(Review by Lance)
Russell reviewed a live gig by the Clouts Quartet last October at New Hartley. He wrote enthusiastically and, listening to this, their latest album, I can understand why!
Clouts is both an expressive pianist and an imaginative composer Some of the pieces betray his South African origins with punchy Township rhythms whilst others concentrate on the melodic side of contemporary modern.
Add Lopez-Real's alto and the feel is of Art Pepper, Dave Liebman - lyrical, modern sounding displaying the beauty the alto (and soprano) sax is capable of. A professor at the Guildhall School of Music his playing goes a long way to explain why so many good musicians graduate from there.
Desbruslais is the perfect drummer. Laying back when necessary, driving the guys forward when needed and soloing effectively. On bass Alex Keen - he missed the New Hartley gig - is musically self-effacing but not to the extent of being aurally invisible. He provides the fulcrum and when he does step forward the results are magical.
The CD title was inspired by a poetic extract from Steinbeck's Cannery Row.
"The grey time after the light has come but before the sun has risen...a time of peace, a deserted time, a little era of rest...the interval between day and night when time stops and examines itself."
Somehow that quote seems just right for the music on this CD
Philip Clouts Quartet - The Hour of the Pearl is released on Sept. 23 on Point Records PCD 026.
Lance.

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