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Lou Donaldson: "(On Art Blakey) Everything changed. Especially when the women came in, sat down in the front row, and raised their skirts above their knees. Then the drums got louder, the tempos got faster, and every tune was a drum solo" - (JazzTimes, November 2019.)

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Today Saturday December 14

Afternoon

Jazz

Anth Purdy - Isabella Community Centre, Ogle Drive, Blyth NE24 5JF. Tel: 01670 543773. 11:00am-1:00pm. Free. Christmas Fair.

Jazz Attack - Sage Gateshead, St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. 3:30pm. Free (concourse). Young Musicians Live! YMP Winter Festival.

Jambone - Sage Gateshead, St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. 4:00pm. Free but ticketed (Sage Two). Young Musicians Live! YMP Winter Festival.

Evening

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Gosforth Civic Theatre, Regents Farm Road, Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3HD. Tel: 0191 284 3700. 8:00pm. £12.00. + bf. Second night of two.

Sold Out!

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Blues/Funk/Soul

Loft Boys - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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Tuesday, July 01, 2014

CD Review: Andrew McCormack - First Light

Andrew McCormack (pno); Zack Lober (bs); Colin Stranahan (dms)
(Review by Lance).
London born, New York based, McCormack is just one of the many UK pianists to make it across the pond (this month's New York Jazz Record favourably reviews a Dill Jones reissue from 1972) and it must be said that McCormack is a more than capable bearer of the torch handed down over the years by Marian McPartland, Shearing, Jones, Feldman and many others as this CD confirms.
Eight original compositions along with Monk's Pannonica combine, via McCormack's interpretations to make this possibly the best piano album I've heard this year.
Each member of the trio contributes individually and collectively - no serfs here but Lords of the Manor all three. Stranahan shows no reluctance to display his gifted presence on Reluctant Gift and Lober has intriguing bass lines throughout.
McCormack's playing is a joy to behold. Drawing on past masters such as Powell, Monk, Corea , he's added just enough of himself to create a new, original, voice.
Of course, if you were at GIJF earlier this year and heard McCormack with Jean Toussaint or Jason Yarde then I'm preaching to the converted. If, however, you didn't catch those concerts then listen to, say, the title track, First Light, and prepare to be saved.
Lance.
Andrew McCormack - First Light is available on Edition Records from July 7.

1 comment :

Russell said...

Yes, McCormack was tremendous at the Gateshead Jazz Festival. Colin Stranahan was a revelation at the Lit & Phil a couple of years ago in Michael Janisch's band with Paul Booth & co.