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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 Tuesday July 16

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Gala Big Band w. ALAN BARNES: Strictly Come BRASSing - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. Tel: 03000 266 600. 7:30pm. £15.00. (£12.00. concs.). A Durham Brass Festival event.

River City Jazzmen - Block & Tackle, Blackthorn Way, Ashington NE63 8NW. Tel: 01670 813983 (info). 8:00pm. £5.00. (inc. raffle). RCJ with Don Armstrong (clarinet, saxophone, penny whistle, vocals).

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SOLD OUT!

Zoe Rahman & Laura MacDonald - Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SE. Tel: 0191 232 0192.. 8:00pm. £12.00. (£10.00. concs.). JNE.

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Northern Monkey Brass Band - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB.Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

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

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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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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