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Jazz

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Lickety Split - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB.Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

River City Jazzmen - Block & Tackle, Blackthorn Way, Ashington NE63 8NW. Tel: 01670 813983 (info). 8:00pm. £5.00. (inc raffle). Line-up inc special guest Don Fairley (trombone).

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

CD Review: Andy Milne and Dapp Theory – Forward in All Directions

Andy Milne (piano, prepared piano, Fender Rhodes and synths), Aaron Kruziki (soprano and alto saxophones, clarinet, bass clarinet and douduk), John Moon (vocal poetics), Christopher Tordini (acoustic and electric bass), Kenny Grohowski (drums and percussion).
(Review by Hugh Cochrane).
This is Andy Milne's first recording for Whirlwind Recordings. It is Dapp Theory's third release and features guest performances from Ben Monder (guitar), and Jean Baylor and Gretchen Parlato (vocals).
Dapp Theory was formed by Milne in 1998 to “tell passionate stories, promote peace and inspire collective responsibility towards uplifting the human spiritual condition”. The music seeks to explore the truths that exist in universal wisdom, while creatively expressing life’s journeys.
Forward in All Directions chronicles the journey Dapp Theory has taken in its 15 years.
There is certainly a good jazz groove running through this album and Milne and his fellow musicians delight in exploring other creative influences including Appalachian folk, traditional Armenian, heavy metal, funk, hip-hop, pop and classical music.
The CD comes in at just over an hour and consists of ten tracks, each individual in their own way. Photographs, Hopscotch Search Party, Katharsis; are overlain with the spoken “vocal poetics” of John Moon. I personally can take or leave this rap-style addition, but the music's good. The scat vocals of Jean Mondor on Katharsis are a delight, however.
In the Mirror, Darkly, Nice to Meet You, The Trust, How and When versus What, Fourteen Fingers and Headache in Residence are, by contrast, purely instrumental tracks amply demonstrating the musicianship of Andy Milne on keys, Aaron Kruziki on reeds (including douduk), Chrisopher Tordini on bass and Kenny Grohowski on drums and percussion. Ben Monder adds atmospheric guitar on Search Party, How and When versus What and Headache in Residence.
On one level I can appreciate the supreme musicianship demonstrated on this recording. The sleeve notes indicate that this album has been at least nine years in gestation. The product is sold as something on an altogether higher plane – which, I regret, completely passes me by! One cannot however doubt the sincerity and dedication of Milne and other contributors to this project, which has been funded, in part, by a Kickstarter campaign .
The final words are Andy Milne's:
It's a milestone, a celebration, and a reflection of the changing times for artists. My life as an artist, entrepreneur and educator requires me to move in all directions at all times and I derive joy in meeting this challenge.”
Forward in All Directions is released by Whirlwind Recordings in the UK on September 8. Catalogue No. WR4660.
Hugh C.

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