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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 Wednesday May 22

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Julija Jacenaite & Alan Law - Jazz Café, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 261 5618. 2:00pm. Free. Café Mezzanine (first floor, access via crafts shop).

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Blues

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Friday, December 26, 2014

CD Review: Woven Entity

Lascelle Gordon (perc/electronics); Patrick Dawes (perc); Paul May (dms); Peter Marsh (bs) + on several tracks; Ben Cowan (keys/electronics); Julie Kjaer (alt/fl); Alan Wilkinson (alt).
(Review by Lance).
Releases on the Babel Label are rarely straight ahead and this is no exception. Woven Entity are described as a freewheeling expanded rhythm section who cook up a rich, strange brew of psychedelic jazz, electronic explorations, ethnological and unstoppable ritual grooves - I guessed it was something like that!

In truth, it's unfair for me to pass any form of judgement on this as it's so far beyond my comprehension of what jazz means to me that I should really have passed it on to one of my more visionary colleagues. However, they have a backlog of reviews to catch up on (hint, hint) so it's up to me to bite the bullet!
I'll take the easy way out and draw on the blurb.
C358X: Flurries of exotic percussion and a woozy, sourly cosmic synth skirt round each other, much like Sun Ra crashing an Art Ensemble of Chicago session.
Me=You: Morphs somewhat unexpectedly from a bracing free jazz workout for balafon, bass, drums and bongoes into a deep, insistent groove that might just lure the more adventurous listener to shake a tailfeather or two.
And so it goes on - not for me I'm afraid but, then again, I'm a guy who takes an umbrella with him on a sunny day so perhaps I need to throw caution aside and risk getting drenched - it could, like the music here, prove to be exhilarating - maybe!
Released on Babel BDV 13123 on Dec 15, 2014. Check it out here.
Lance.

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