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13,837 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1254 of them this year alone and, so far, 66 this month (Oct. 23).

From This Moment On ...

October

Tue 26: Classic Swing @ Ship inn, Monkseaton. 1:00pm. The post-lockdown resumption of the band’s weekly residency will be fortnightly until further notice.
Tue 26: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 8:00pm. The post-lockdown resumption of the Black Swan’s fortnightly jam session.

Wed 27: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 27: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 27: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 28: J Frisco @ Newcastle University. 1:15pm. ONLINE ONLY (YouTube).
Thu 28: ’58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 28: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 28: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 29: James Birkett & Bradley Johnston @ Gala Theatre, Durham. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: Rendezvous Jazz @ Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.

Sun 31 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon..
Sun 31: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. .
Sun 31: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Jam session..
Sun 31: Alison Rayner Quintet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

November

Mon 01: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

CD Review: Rachael Cohen Quartet - Half Time.

Rachael Cohen (alt); Phil Robson (gtr); Calum Gourlay (bs); James Bashford (dms).
(Review by Lance)
Anybody out there remember lyrical? It's what the old jazz alto greats had in abundance. Pepper, Desmond, Carter, Hodges, Parker they all had it. Then, along came Eric Dolphy and Ornette and lyricism suddenly became an endangered species threatened with extinction.
Well I've got news for you, with this CD lyrical is back big time!
Those who heard Cohen at her Splinter gig at the Bridge Hotel last month won't be surprised - it was a great gig and this disc is a worthy reminder of the occasion. On that particular evening, the CD was promoted but, owing to a break-in and the theft of the master from a New York studio, she didn't have any discs for sale!

America sneezes the rest of the world catches a cold?

Fortunately, all has been resolved, the remix and remastering is complete and the album is now available from a website near you - I don't know if they caught the punks but if they did, let's hope it "made some cop's day".

Back to the music. Well worth the wait. Cohen, I repeat, has given lyricism a new life although not without adding some contemporary touches (track 9 - Free Speech - gives lyricism a brief respite). The compositions are all her own save for Just For You - a piece by Ornette Coleman. Have the cops asked Ornette where he was on the night of the robbery?

As she did at the Bridge, Cohen reveals a pure alto tone and a technique suited to a calculated 1500 metres rather than the 100 metre dash favoured by some of her contemporaries. The original compositions are just that - not, (unless they're more cleverly disguised than usual!), re-workings of How High The Moon or a 12 bar in Bb - but true originals.

Alongside, Phil Robson is supportive and has his own bag of solo lyricism to throw into the pot and it is as essential to the mix as the tonic is to the gin. Gourlay, Glasgow born, London bas(s)ed plays with the passion one (ie me) gets from a single malt whilst Birmingham based Bashford (not sure what they drink in Birmingham - "anything" I'm told) displays the technique and sympathetic support that impressed the audience at the Bridge.

Another CD of the Year contender. I give up - the standard this year is just so high!
Rachael Cohen Quartet - Half Time is officially released on  November 18 on Whirlwind Recordings WR4644.
Lance.

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