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Saturday 15: Anth Purdy - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm. Free (donations). Purdy’s solo ‘Swing Jazz Guitar’ show. Limited capacity.

Thursday 20: Vieux Carre Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone, North Tyneside NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, 27 Sunniside Rd., Gateshead NE16 5NA. 8:30pm.

Friday 21: Lindsay Hannon - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9:00pm. Free (donations). Limited capacity.

Monday, June 16, 2014

CD Review: Paper Birds - Rallidae

Scott Colberg (bass, voice); Alex Samaris (voice); Angela Morris (tenor sax, voice, composer)
(Review by Ann Alex).
A 4-track debut EP by  Brooklyn-based jazz trio Paper Birds.  Music and words are by Ms Morris apart from the lyric on track one (by poet Johanna Skibsrud).  Lovers of free jazz may well enjoy this, as may do adventurous jazz fans who like strong effective lyrics.  It’s good to hear free jazz with words.  Track one reminded me of performances by The Incredible String Band, cult folk band of the 1960’s, and track three had shades of West Side Story. But really this sort of music has to be heard to be appreciated properly.
The singers perform in high light voices to portray the paper birds of track 1, to effective sax and bass interventions.  The tracks pass seamlessly one to another, and track 2 opens with a shimmering sax of many tones, then scales, and the lyric of a love song, ‘every hair on your head is prettier than you know’, followed by a jazz scat male voice in a sort of question and answer with the sax.  Tracks 3 and 4 ‘smells like paint’ and ‘long time’ sound a bit more like structured songs.  Track 3 is about a man drunk in a bar, with amusing fast sax between the ‘verses’; track 4 is a meaningful song about things that happen slowly, such as a ‘heart that takes a long time to love’, with music from the bass. But the instrumentation is far more interesting than I’ve made it sound.  As described on the information sheet ‘in contrast to a solo-centric jazz aesthetic, are largely ensemble constructions whose individual facets emerge into focus amid the shimmering group textures.
Ann Alex.
Released in April from rallidae.bandcamp.com  Also via i-tunes etc.

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