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Lou Donaldson: "(On Art Blakey) Everything changed. Especially when the women came in, sat down in the front row, and raised their skirts above their knees. Then the drums got louder, the tempos got faster, and every tune was a drum solo" - (JazzTimes, November 2019.)

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Today Saturday December 14

Afternoon

Jazz

Anth Purdy - Isabella Community Centre, Ogle Drive, Blyth NE24 5JF. Tel: 01670 543773. 11:00am-1:00pm. Free. Christmas Fair.

Jazz Attack - Sage Gateshead, St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. 3:30pm. Free (concourse). Young Musicians Live! YMP Winter Festival.

Jambone - Sage Gateshead, St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. 4:00pm. Free but ticketed (Sage Two). Young Musicians Live! YMP Winter Festival.

Evening

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

Sold Out!

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Blues/Funk/Soul

Loft Boys - 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.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

CD Review: David Bach - Other World.

David Bach (All keys inc synth's, Steinway Grand, Fender Rhodes, Hammond etc.). + Various instrumentalists.
What can I say about this? It's perfect. Ne'er a note out of place, foot tapping, shoulder moving, hip swinging rhythms - it's smooth. In fact it's so smooth it's like listening to one of those anonymous jazz radio stations that abound in cyber space. Think Spyra Giro, Kenny G, Snake Davis and you get the picture. Which isn't a bad picture but not an Oscar winning one.
Bach, like his namesake, is an excellent player of the various keyboards at his disposal and various saxophone players add to the smooth ambience but it comes over as just too slick, too clean-cut, too sanitised too - smooth.
If you're having a dinner party on the tenth floor, play it in the elevator. Play it during dinner or whilst serving cocktails. If you own a supermarket, play it at the meat counter after Xmas. Ideal upmarket disco music or for playing on the car stereo without risk of distraction. For those folk who like their jazz to be instantly accessible and ultimately forgettable you couldn't do better..
It's a smooth one but, unfortunately, not A Smo-o-o-oth One.
The CD: David Bach - Other World was released by Integrity Music in October 2013.
Lance.

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