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George Shearing: "Speaking about Johann Sebastian Bach I think he'd be a real jazzer if he were alive today. I mean any man who has two wives, twenty kids, gets kicked out of the church for being too harmonically radical and drinks beer can't be all wrong can he?" - (Crescendo March 1984.)

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Today Thursday December 12

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 12:00pm. Free.

Note earlier time for this week only!

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Evening

Jazz

Hot Club du Nord - Lubetkin Theatre, East Durham College, Willerby Drive, Peterlee SR8 2RN. Tel: 0191 518 2000. 7:00pm. £10.00. (£5.00. under 18s). 'Jazz at the Lubetkin'.

Gala Big Band - Gala Theatre & Cinema, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. Tel: 03000 266 600. 7:30pm. £10.00. (£8.00. concs.). ‘Gala Big Band Does Christmas’.

Durham University Big Band - Dunelm House, New Elvet, Durham DH1 3AN. Tel: 0191 334 1777. Free. 7:30pm. ‘Jazzy Christmas’.

Indigo Jazz Voices - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00. (£2.00. student).

Maine Street Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Hollywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:30pm. Free.

Tees Hot Club w. Gus Smith (vocals); Dave Stansfield (tenor sax); Ted Pearce (keys) - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm. £2.50.

Blues/Soul/Funk/Etc.

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

CD Review: Paul Harrison - Ten Play Ten

Paul Harrison (pno).
(Review by Lance).
Manchester born Harrison's first solo CD is an impressive take on 10 of his favourite standards. Using all ten fingers - hence the title - and, I guess, a few toes as well judging by some of the electronic devices used .What is it with today's players and their obsession for digital delays and other forms of electronic sorcery?
However, despite having made public my Luddite tendencies I must confess that on this disc they are used sparingly and quite effectively so maybe I may yet arrive in the 21st century.
Harrison is well worth checking out. His playing is reflective and exploratory. He's not a grandiose, flamboyant - keep the piano tuner on standby - style player although he can unleash the technique when the situation demands it. To my ears he conveys the feel of Tristano, Bill Evans or Keith Jarrett in a subdued mood. 
Timing is the keynote here. Without the straitjacket of bass or drums, the pianist stretches the melody every which way  - including loose. Particularly loose! He delves deep into his bag of chords to create a rich harmonic texture often surprising but never "wrong".
A Foggy Day has some strange things happening before Harrison emerges from the mist with an almost Bachian reading of the tune and a Louissier-like improvisation.
I Got Rhythm; Louiza; Be My Love; A Pretty Girl is Like a Melody; If I Loved You/My Funny Valentine; The Summer Knows; Birthday Tango (For Nic); Every Time We Say Goodbye; A Foggy Day; Dream.
A choice selection of tunes performed in an original manner (Birthday Tango is an original by Harrison).
I'd like to tell you more but, like 9 out of 10 CDs these days, the notes are indecipherable unless you've got 20-20 vision, glasses with Jodrell Bank lens' and infra-red, ultra violet lighting. You'd stand a better chance if the notes were in Braille!
Fortunately, in this case, the music speaks for itself.
Paul Harrison - Ten Play Ten is available from Paul or at gigs. Check out 
Lance

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