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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 Monday July 15

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Evening

Mnozil Brass: Cirque - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. Tel: 0300 266 600. 7:30pm. £23.00. (£19.00. concs.). A Durham Brass Festival event.

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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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.
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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.)
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