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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.

Until July 21

Today Saturday July 20

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Streets of Brass - Durham city centre. DH1. 11:00am-5:00pm. Free. A Durham Brass Festival event (see above).

Blues Guitar Workshop w Alvin Youngblood Hart - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. 11:30am. £10.80.

Northern Monkey Brass Band - Northern Pride, Claremont Road, Newcastle NE2 4PZ. 12 noon. Free.

A Concert for Margaret Barnes - Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SE. Tel: 0191 232 0192. £10.00. (£12.00. day ticket). JNE. Afternoon session (doors 1:00pm) line-up: Debra Milne & Steve Glendinning 1:30pm, Paul Edis & Graham Hardy 2:20pm, Hand to Mouth 3:25pm, Thomas Dixon Band 4:15pm.

Strictly Smokin' Party Band - Stack, Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 6QE. 5:30pm. Free. Eight piece band.

Country Blues etc.

Summertyne Americana - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. Various free outdoor shows and outstanding headliners check out here,

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Evening

A Concert for Margaret Barnes - Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SE. Tel: 0191 232 0192. 6:00pm. £10.00. (£12.00. day ticket). JNE. Evening session (doors 5:45pm) line-up: Paul Taylor & the Long Lonesome Go 6:00pm, Bradley Johnston Trio 7:05pm, Duo FCT 8:10pm, Zoë Gilby Quartet 9:00pm.

Big Brass Party - Wharton Park, Durham DH1 4FJ. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. A Durham Brass Festival event (see centre column).

Blues/Funk/Soul

Half Hand Hoodoo - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

CD Review: Jazz Combustion Uprising - Self Immolation.

Henry Hung (tpt); Grant Levin (pno); Andrew Ryan (dms); David "Elaine" Alt (saxes); Kenny Annis (bs) + Gabe Davis (bs); Alicia Bell (voice); Wendell Hanna (bassoon); Jane Lenoir (fl).
(Review by Lance)
This came in today as a late contender and, whilst it may not grab the top spot, it's going to be up there!
Fiery compositions, Equal parts, Innovation and Dedication with Blistering Solos and a Vintage Rooted Sound. So said the album notes and hey - they were right! My review done by them in a single sentence!
But no, I've got to earn my virtual corn and expound further.

The eleven tracks are split into three groups - Blues, Standards, Modern and alongside each title is the inspiration e.g. Roberta, Roberta (Louis Jordan, Dexter Gordon); Oxtail Soup (Horace Silver, Charles Mingus); Series of Adjustment (Thelonious Monk, Lester Young); Rising (Wayne Shorter, Abbey Lincoln); The Unmemorable Evening (George Russell, Steve Lacy); Bike Lanes, Coming, (Sonny Rollins, McCoy Tyner); Bike Lanes, Going (Pharoah Sanders, Sun Ra, Gil Scott-Heron) etc.
This isn't just jazz of whatever persuasion it's also jazz theatre and performed with the drama, passion, humour and emotion that comes with good theatre and this is good jazz theatre
Alt, not sure why his middle name is "Elaine", blows great tenor and alto and Hung blows like Kenny Durham. This is one of those albums that came out of left field and sent me into orbit - seriously it is that good. There are even moments when they venture "outside" but not many and, by and large, these are contemporary boppers who, on these forays beyond the city walls do so to hog-tie the critters outside and bring them in!
Love it, not least because it reminds me that jazz can look to the future without forgetting its past.
The disc is dedicated to the late Tunisian street grocer Tarek Al-Tayeb Mohamed Bouazizi. "We salute his courageous spirit and the self-activity it has inflamed." 
I don't know anything about Tarek but if he can inspire the music on this disc he must have been one helluva grocer!
Jazz Combustion Uprising - Self Immolation is available on the Flaming Hakama Label .
Lance

3 comments :

James said...

Lance, Tarek Al-Tayeb Mohamed Bouazizi is widely credited with starting the Arab Spring, protesting the Tunisian corruption and draconian laws with an act of self immolation, causing riots leading to regime change that spread across large parts of Asia. I think you might have heard about that?

Lance said...

Thanks James, now I know!

Unknown said...

Thanks for the review!

I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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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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