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In the current climate we are doing our best to keep everyone up to date. All gigs, as we all know, are off.

However, good old YouTube has plenty to offer both old and new to help us survive whilst housebound. Plus now is a good time to stock up on your CDs.

Also, keep an eye out for live streaming sessions.

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As we all know there are no live gigs taking place in the immediate future. However, any links to jazz streaming that are deemed suitable - i.e. with a professional approach - will be considered for posting.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Paul Gowland’s Allstars – The Jazz Café 14/12/13

Paul Gowland (Tenor Sax)  Marc Jolliffe (Piano)  Willie Angus (E. Bass) Mark Robertson (Drums).
(Review by Kath Jobes).
The blurb said, “One of Tyneside's top tenors: swings like crazy with a tone fit to blister paint” ...and the new paint at the café was well and truly blistered!    Have You Met Miss Jones was a lively start to the set, Black Nile displayed the technical ability of Gowland, and then Recorda Me exhibited the skill of each of the musicians in turn… wow these guys really are all stars!  Midnight Voyage revealed a melodic sax and tinkling piano, the tenor solo flourished as the sax sung out, and a delightful bass solo from Willie Angus was admired by the appreciative crowd. 
Darn That Dream was beautiful, with interesting changes of feel during the delightful piano solo from Marc Jolliffe, and a superb bass solo from Angus… even the rest of the band stopped to listen.  In Your Own Sweet Way, brought the first set to a light and joyful close as Jolliffe’s skilful fingers danced across the keys.
The second set opened with a seemingly endless Afro Blue, as each musician charmed the attentive audience with their own solo… all noteworthy, superb piano, an almost discordant and chaotic sax, magnificent bass and drums… guys you are in fine fettle.  The arrival of Ray Burns to the Café , looking dapper as ever brought a new sound to the set as he was persuaded to join the band for a tune.  As the exquisite sound of his harmonica introduced Body And Soul, memories of the old café were evoked and jam sessions that will be forever engraved on my mind, with Keith Crombie waxing lyrical about his past exploits in the Jazz world… but I digress… Ray then went on to sing; another rare treat… I have heard his harmonica many times, but rarely his superb singing.   
Beatrice was introduced by another fine bass solo, and before we knew it time had brought us to the final number Chucho, with a blisteringly hot sax, stupendous bass with some cool strumming, magical piano and a smashing drum… joined once more by Ray Burns and his amazing harmonica.
Gowland’s Allstars delighted me and my friend Emma Scott, another saxophonist who just described the night as AWESOME!
Kath J.

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