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Sting: "It was great. They [the River City Jazzmen] all wore blue suits. The band had been together for about twenty years, which was the same age as the suits." - (Melody Maker Sept. 22, 1979).

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Daily: July 6 - October 27

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden - Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead Quays, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3BA. Tel: 0191 478 1810. Screenings at intervals during the day. Part of Akomfrah's exhibition Ballasts of Memory. Exhibition (daily) July 6 - October 27. 10:00am-6:00pm. Free.

Today Monday October 21

Afternoon

Jazz

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden (see centre column).

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. Tel: 0191 227 5500. 3:00pm/5:30pm. Screening of Stanley Nelson's documentary film (2019, cert. 15, 1hr 55mins).

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Monday, May 25, 2015

CD Review: Troy Roberts - Secret Rhymes

Troy Roberts (ten); Silvano Monasterios (pno); Chris Smith (bs); Jeff 'Tain' Watts (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Hailing from Perth, Australia, Roberts may possibly be the best ever jazz tenor player to emerge from that remote part of West Australia. Indeed he must surely rate, in jazz terms, as high as Justin Langer did in test cricket - and Roberts is still batting, albeit in NYC. James Morrison, who knows a thing or two, says, "But the rarest of all gifts is to have a unique voice; a sound that is unmistakably your own, Troy Roberts has this gift."
I'll raise a glass to that James!
All of the tracks are arranged by Roberts and five of the eight are his own compositions. The ringers are Stella By Starlight, Freddie Hubbard's Up Jumped Love and Piano Concerto No. 2 by that well known jazzer Serge Prokofiev.
Tenor playing for today but with that acknowledgement of the past - if jazz has a past, I personally find music, any music, timeless. If it cuts it first time round, it is here to stay.
The music here cuts it. Contemporary Blue Note or maybe transitional Coltrane? No, Morrison got it right - Troy Roberts is debt free.
In the engine room piano, bass and drums have their own thing going - laying down the carpet for the Trojan tenor player but also seizing the moment to have their own say.
A worthy example of a fine composer, arranger and saxophone player surrounded by sympathetic players - stars in their own right.
I suspect this may well be my CD of the Month.
Available on Inner Circle Music or via CD Baby.
Lance.

1 comment :

Jamie Toms (on Twitter) said...

An unsung hero of the saxophone.

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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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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Whilst we appreciate the many emails, texts, messages and other communications we receive requesting album/gig reviews on BSH, regrettably, we are unable to reply to all of them other than those we are able to answer with a positive response.
Similarly, CDs received by post will only be considered if accompanied by sufficient background material.
Finally, bear in mind that this is a jazz-based site when submitting your album.
Lance