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2019 Parliamentary Jazz Awards

The voting is open between now and May 31 to enable site visitors to nominate their choices in the various categories of this year's APPJAG awards which can be done here.
BSH was very proud to be nominated and to win the 2018 Media Award and hope we can have your support again this year.

Today Tuesday May 21

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Evening

Kamasi Washington - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4461. 7:30pm. £30.00.

River City Jazzmen w. Maureen Hall - Block & Tackle, Blackthorn Way, Ashington NE63 8NN. Tel: 01670 813983. 8:00pm. £5 (raffle inc.) Bob Wade, Gordon Solomon, Keith Stephen, Phil Rutherford, Tommy Graham.

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

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

CD Review: Jacob Karlzon 3 - Shine

Jacob Karlzon (piano, keys, synths & programming); Hans Anderson (bass); Robert Mehmet Ikiz (drums).
(Review by JC)
Jacob Karlzon is a new name to me but he was initially widely known as a piano partner of Viktoria Tolstoy and he released a well-received debut trio record More in 2012. In the sleeve notes to this new album Shine he describes his aim as wanting to combine the best of two worlds: '- the openness, curiosity and energy of jazz, and the power, catchiness and the production techniques of pop'. At first glance this was not a project to set my pulses racing as it has never seemed to me a combination that enriches either genre. And this was confirmed somewhat by a number of the tracks that feature the piano/keys over the solid rhythm section and various background washes of synths and programming. Enjoyable but not particularly outstanding.
To my mind the more interesting tracks are later on the CD where the jazz influence dominates more. Inner Hills has a delicate, melodic feel and Screening Self creates a solid jazz-rock groove. The final track A Thousand Conclusions gives the bass player a chance to demonstrate his soloing abilities, something that is rare on the rest of the album.
Karlzon is clearly a very fine piano player and all of the tracks are his own compositions except for the U2 song I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For. However, there is a tendency in the unattributed sleeve notes to over-hype his work with, for example, the U2 song being described as 'this fragile, achingly beautiful solo-piano version' which, although very well played, seems a little excessive (although I should declare a bias here as the Irish popsters are not my favourite 'go to' composers). Karlzon himself is given to some new age philosophising and in explaining why Shine is the title of the album says: 'From a musical standpoint, a constantly changing glow permeates the entire album. I hope that this music helps each and everyone who hears it to shine a little in their daily life.' I couldn't help thinking that these descriptions were unnecessary and the music can stand on its own merits.
JC.
Jacob Karlzon 3 - Shine Released on ACT on September 15

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