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Today Saturday January 18

Afternoon

Jazz

Early Bird Band - Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SE. Tel: 0191 232 0192. 11:00am.

Evening

Adrian Cox Quartet - Watchtower Gallery, West End, Berwick TD15 2HE. 8:00pm. £10.00. Cox touring new CD ‘Now is Spring’.

Blues/Funk/Soul

Ray Stubbs R & B All-Stars - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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Sunday, May 25, 2014

Vinyl Review: Dexter Gordon - Soy Califa

Dexter Gordon (tenor); Kenny Drew (piano); Niels-Hedding Orsted Pederson (bass); Albert "Tootie" Heath (drums).
(Review by Lance).
Recorded live in Copenhagen back in 1967 this is Long Tall Dex at his finest. Comparable with those legendary Blue Note albums so many of us treasure (Gordon also recorded an earlier version of Soy Califa on his Swinging Affair LP with Sonny Clark on piano). Stretching out without any studio restrictions the ideas flow effortlessly, this is tenor playing of the first order. You want to know what swing is? Just listen to this, or any Dexter Gordon disc.
The Blues Up And Down, originally created by two other great tenor players - Sonny Stitt and Gene Ammons - takes up all of one side allowing Gordon to gallop totally unbridled through countless choruses of pure joy throwing in a few of his favourite quotes along the way. Drew, an unsung piano hero of the era, reminds us just how good he was both as soloist and accompanist whilst on bass NHOP was building the reputation that led to Oscar Peterson making him his main man for several years. On drums "Tootie" Heath kicks things along on the swinger, spices up the Latin flavoured title track Soy Califa and is gently sympathetic on The Shadow of Your Smile.
Never previously issued on LP or CD, Soy Califa, is the latest vinyl issue from Gearbox Records, a label that is becoming renowned for the quality of sound reproduction.
To learn more about the technology involved or just to check out their mouthwateringly  impressive catalogue visit www.gearboxrecords.com.
Dexter Gordon: Soy Califa available now on Gearbox Records GB1526.
Lance.

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