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Orrin Evans: “I’d like to see a younger audience and an audience that looks more like me at the clubs.” – (Down Beat November 2014).

Kevin Flanagan: "Besides, I'd got sick of playing jazz to people who looked like my father." - (Straight No Chaser Issue 0ne Summer 1988.)

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Today Wednesday August 16

Afternoon
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Tynemouth Metro Station, Station Tce., Tynemouth NE30 4RE. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
New Orleans Jazz at the Village Hall - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.
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Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Billy's Acoustic Blues - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free (weekly).
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Tees Hot Club - Cleveland Bay, 718 Yarm Rd., Eaglescliffe TS16 0JE. 9pm. Free.
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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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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
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