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Today Wednesday January 22

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.

Julija Jaceniate & Alexys de Alfaro - Jazz Café, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 1:00pm. £3.00. Café Mezzanine (first floor, access via crafts shop).

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Tom Rainey Trio - Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. Tel: 0191 232 6400. 8:00pm. £10.00. (£8.00. concs.). JNE.

Air4ce - Quakerhouse, Mechanics' Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. Tel: 01325 245052. 9:00pm. £TBC. Ginger Baker tribute featuring regional jazz & blues musicians.

Blues/Soul/Funk etc.

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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Saturday, February 22, 2014

CD Review: Introducing Nelson Pari.

Nelson Pari (guitar); Adam Davy (sop/alt); Manley O'Connor (pno/keys); Luigi Casanova (bs); Callum Green (dms).
(Review by Lance)
Young Italian guitarist Pari sent me this, his début EP, in November last year and, to my eternal shame, I've only just got around to playing it. In my defence it arrived at a time when CDs were arriving by the barrow-load and I tended to give preference to the better known names.
A mistake!
This is a disc I may well be playing long after the hyped up names are forgotten! Pari is both an articulate player and, on the evidence of track 2, Iris, a composer with a melodic flare. The opener, Miles' Solar, reveals this to be a band aware of the bebop tradition but not trapped in a stylistic straight-jacket. Throughout, the emphasis is on making music and improvising as opposed to improv. Fisherman's Horizon is atmospheric capturing a tranquil day by river or calmed sea.
Amarcord, from the Fellini movie, has some probing, almost romantic, soprano from Davy - Sidney Bechet may have sounded like this had he been born 80/90 years later! Pari's blues tinged solo adds to the melancholic feel. Piano, bass and drums feed the front men to perfection and I have only one complaint - it should have been a CD rather than an EP. After the fourth track I was brought down to earth - coitus interruptus!
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