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Today Sunday June 16

Birthday wishes to Steve H.

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. Free.

Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 1:00pm (doors 12 noon). Free.

Alice Grace & Ben Helm - Bonbar, Fenkle St., Newcastle NE1 5XU. Tel: 0191 232 8695. 1:30pm.

Jazz Social - Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 4:00pm. Free.

Blues/Funk/Soul

The Panthers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Sour Mash Trio - The Schooner, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3AF. 5:00pm. Free.

Evening

Customs House Big Band - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE33 1ES. Tel: 0191 454 1234. 6:00pm. £13.00. ‘Swing on a Summer’s Evening’. The band’s 20th anniversary concert.

East Coast Jazz Jam - The Exchange, Howard Street, North Shields NE30 1SE. Tel: 0191 258 4111. 6:00pm. Free.

Gerry Richardson Quartet - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £6.00. ( (£3.00. student).

DU Jazz Soc jam session - Fabio’s Bar, Saddler St, Durham DH13NP. Tel: 0191 383 9290. 7:30pm. Free.

Francis Tulip Quartet - Black Bull, Bridge Street, Blaydon NE21 4JJ. Tel: 0191 414 2846. 7:30pm. £7.00. Line-up: Francis Tulip (guitar); Ben Lawrence (piano); John Pope (bass); Matt MacKellar (drums)

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

Friday, January 10, 2014

CD Review: Get The Blessing: Lope and Antilope

This is the Bristol based band’s fourth album. The rhythm section comprises of Portishead drummer Clive Deamer and their sometimes live bass player Jim Barr.  Pete Judge on Trumpet and Jake McMurchie on saxophone complete the quartet. There is also a guest appearance by guitarist Adrian Utley - another member of the legendary band named after the town to be found 8 miles west of Bristol.
(Review by Steve Horowitz)
Quiet gently opens up the proceedings with Miles-like trumpet and Theremin-like saxophone playing. Little Ease uses all sorts of electronic wizardry to great aplomb pumping up the action as we move up and down through the gears. Corniche is a fairly gentle tune dominated by Judge’s trumpet with some neat work by the rhythm section. 
The second half of the title Antilope is saxophone led before Barr’s bass really gets to work and finishes with another fine Judge trumpet solo. Luposcope is the most ambient piece encompassing more expert use of electronicary. Viking Death Moped is a blast from start to finish and really does conjure up the image of hordes of Nordic invaders mounted on motorized horses cruising though the neighbourhood. The following 3 tracks Hope, Trope and Lope  not only rhyme but also reinforce the great  collaborative work of the entire band, from the throbbing bass of Hope  through to the triumphant fanfare of Lope. Numbers builds gently, almost classically,  before a fierce bass and drum attack closes the album.
I have heard other reviewers (Jamie Callum to name but one) single out the ex Portishead members for special mention but personally I think this is disingenuous to the other not so famous members of the band who contribute just as much to this thoroughly enjoyable album as a whole. The band’s use of modern technology keeps the music fresh, alive and always interesting. In conclusion Lope and Antilope certainly ‘gets my blessing’.      
 Get The Blessing: Lope and Antilope will be available on Naim Records from January 14, 2014.
Steve H.


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