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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, November 14, 2013

CD Review: Nicolas Meier Trio+ Kismet

Nicolas Meier (acoustic nylon guitar, glissentar & jazz guitar), Kevin Glasgow (bass), Laurence Lowe (drums), Demi Garcia (percussion) + Lizzie Ball (violin), Bernard Gregor-Smith (cello) & Cenk Erdogan (acoustic fretless nylon & electric guitar)
(Review by Russell)
Kismet, the title track, is placed third of nine on Nicolas Meier’s new album released at the beginning of next week (Monday 18 November). An original composition of Meier’s, inspired by a Turkish folk tune, it encapsulates what this recording is all about; a fusion of Eastern cultural elements, the brilliance of  Flamenco musicians and the nonchalance of the Manouche guitarists past and present. Meier’s relaxed approach and imperious technique make this new recording one for students of the guitar and for those appreciative of a beautifully realised project.
The UK-based Swiss bandleader has recruited a wonderful group of musicians capable of playing the music so expertly. Cenk Erdogan’s guitar playing contrasts and complements Meier’s and the bandleader is fortunate to have the Turk on board. Erdogan’s tremendous solos on Kismet and Horizon are a match for Meier. The Swiss himself dazzles throughout; Giant Steps and Nuages offer fresh interpretations of classic tunes and October in Ankara embraces change in tempi and mood with ease. Bassist Kevin Glasgow’s musicianship is outstanding throughout the recording. His solo on the closing track Not For Me (a bluesy, swinging, snorter of a track recalling Sco’s Piety Street Band) is as good as it gets. Drummer Laurence Lowe, like Glasgow, of the new generation, has it all at his fingertips. Percussionist Demi Garcia peppers the CD with infinite rhythmic patterns. How do these guys do it? String players Lizzie Ball (violin) and cellist Bernard Gregor-Smith add earthy hues to Meier’s compositional palette making Kismet an excellent addition to this year’s many new releases. Nicolas Meier takes it on the road in the coming weeks. Kismet the CD (MGPCD010) is available on MPG Records from November 18. The album launch at The Forge, London follows on November 22. North east gig goers should make sure that they are at the Lit & Phil, Newcastle on December 6. That’s when Nicolas Meier will be in town.            
Russell.         

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