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Neil William & Ben Holland - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm-10:00pm. Free (donations). Limited capacity. Jazz standards from the 1920s & 30s.

SATURDAY 31

Alice Grace & Pawel Jedrzejewski - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm-10:00pm. £10.00. Online booking (to book a table). Limited capacity. Alice & Pav join a multi-bill of entertainers (magician etc) to celebrate Prohibition Bar’s fifth anniversary. SOLD OUT!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

EP Review/Gig Preview: Johnny Hunter Quartet - Appropriations.

Graham South (tpt); Ben Watte (ten); Stewart Wilson (bs); Johnny Hunter (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Imagine The Haig back in 1952, in L.A. Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker suggest to the owner that he gets the piano tuned. The owner declines, "WTF you want it tuned for? I had it painted last week!" The musicians decide they'll do the gig without a piano.
Cool may have been born with Miles in 1949 but it matured with the pianoless quartet of Mulligan and Baker.
A few years later along came Ornette Coleman and Don Cherry. They too sought freedom, pushing back the boundaries of jazz and opening the door to what became the Free Form/Avant-Garde - call it what you may - revolution and the pianos in the clubs began to gather dust.
This EP by Johnny Hunter's Quartet adds a third dimension. Neither as extrovert as Ornette nor as laid back as Gerry/Chet, The trumpet/tenor frontline draws from the best of both worlds making this one of the most listenable discs around. It is cool, but it's also full of fire (well away from the Pet Shop) and the references to Sonny Rollins, Joe Henderson and even John Zorn in the notes aren't far off the mark.
It's a good disc, don't take my word for it, just get along to the Splinter session this Sunday at the Bridge Hotel, Newcastle.
Johnny Hunter Quartet - Appropriations is available on the exciting new Manchester based label Efpi records.
Lance.

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