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Today Sunday June 16

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.

Sunday, January 05, 2014

CD Review: Joshua Breakstone - With the Wind and the Rain

Joshua Breakstone (gtr); Mike Richmond (cello); Lisle Atkinson (bs); Elliot Sigmund (dms).
Excellent, lyrical guitar from Breakstone on this, his sixth album for Capri Records. Present day bebop lines that flow smoothly and fluently suggest I will be checking out his earlier releases. Four of the tracks have Mike Richmond on cello making this an unusual line-up and one I feel could have been used to greater effect. Don't get me wrong, Richmond knows his way around the instrument. The guitar/cello unison lines gel and his solos are well constructed. However, the cello solos are all played pizzicato and pizzicato cello doesn't have the same resonance that a plucked double bass has. How I'd have loved to have heard some arco passages to bring out the mellow richness of this, the most sensuous member of the string family.
That apart, this is still a very enjoyable CD with Breakstone throwing his cap in the ring as yet another master jazz guitarist to arrive on the scene - listen to his melodic lines on Be Anything or the boppy phrasing of Kenny Dorham's Short Story. Bassist Atkinson's solos emphasise my point re the cello. Full toned and rich they're everything the cello could have been had Richmond chosen to use the bow.
Drummer Sigmund remains discreetly in the background contributing to the chamber jazz masterpiece this almost was.
Joshua Breakstone - With the Wind and the Rain is due for release on Capri Records January 21.
Lance.

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