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Today Wednesday February 19

Afternoon

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

Zoë Gilby & Mark Williams - 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.

After Hours #4: Stéphane Grappelli - Cafédral Durham, Owengate, Durham DH1 3HB. 7:30pm. £5.00. (concs. available). Sonia Rae (violin); Tom Burgess (guitar); Jack Theaker (guitar); Angus Shennan (keyboards); David Byfield (drums) + Clara Falkowska (flugelhorn, violin). ‘The life and work of Stéphane Grappelli’. Durham University Jazz Society event.

Blues/Soul/Funk etc.

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

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

Sunday, March 02, 2014

CD Review: GoGo Penguin - v.20

Chris Illingworth – Piano, Nick Blacka – Bass, Rob Turner – Drums.
(Review by Steve Horowitz.)
When I first heard of GoGo Penguin,  I assumed it was another chocolate covered biscuit designed for those on the run. In fact, they are Manchester based modern piano trio named after a friend’s stuffed aquatic flightless bird from  the southern hemisphere.
 The album begins impressively with a Murmuration (of penguins?) a haunting atmospheric start builds into a cracking finale as one imagines the birds swarming overhead. The next track is not one for vegetarians Garden Dog Barbecue but it is one for those who enjoy exciting driving trio play. Kamaloka has a gentle melody highlighting Illingworth’s hypnotic piano style. Fort has a almost ‘tubular bells’ feel to it with Turner’s synthesised drums being used to great effect. One Percent refers to those who control 99% of the wealth so not surprisingly it displays a degree of controlled aggression. Home has a  lovely rolling melody driven by Blaka ‘s bass. The Letter is certainly one to write home about, a gentle brooding ballad .  To Drown In You (I thought penguins could swim?)  is a lively tour de force with a very catchy theme. Shock and Awe  rather than being an explosive violent number is in fact a short mournful harrowing piece but the album  finishes  on a high with the lively optimistic  Hopopono.
The more I listen to the album the more I seem to enjoy it. This trio really do play as a single unit so rather than getting lots of  individual solos the band plays as a wonderful collaborative ensemble each complementing their  fellow band members exponentially  so that the sum is truly  greater than the parts. I didn’t want to say it, but I am afraid I am going to have to P P Pick up a GoGo Penguin today.
Steve H.
GoGo Penguin can be heard live at Sage Gateshead as part of the Gateshead International Jazz Festival on April 5.
GoGo Penguin - v.20 is available from March 17.

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