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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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Tuesday, June 02, 2015

CD Review: Gary Peacock Trio - Now This

Marc Copland (piano), Gary Peacock (double bass) & Joey Baron (drums)
(Review by Russell)
Publicity for Gary Peacock’s new recording Now This states: In this band, roles are very evenly shared. This is an accurate description of the contribution of all three musicians to a CD marking the eightieth birthday of the celebrated bassist. Eleven compositions, some of them Peacock (ECM) favourites, are truly small group improvisations with a telepathic understanding and anticipation of one another’s ideas.
Peacock has travelled a long way since adopting double bass as his primary instrument in the fifties. Equally at home with Ayler and like-minded firebrands or the tempered school of Motian and co, Now This, Peacock’s new CD on ECM, is rooted in the latter tendency.
Pianist Marc Copland’s close interplay with Peacock is born of years of working together and fellow ECM stable mate Joey Baron (drums) is well-equipped to help realise the trio sound. Gaia and Requiem (the opening and closing tracks) are re-visited from Peacock’s ECM back catalogue, new compositions comprise the greater part, and both Copland and Baron contribute one tune apiece.
Peacock’s lines are, invariably, picked-up on instantaneously by Copland and vice versa. Drummer Baron listens intently, his tight brushes propelling the trio in forward motion. A good example of Baron’s drive is heard on his own composition Esprit de Muse. Quality recording (at the Rainbow Studio, Oslo) enhances the subtleties inherent in the music. As a birthday present from ECM Gary Peacock is certain to be delighted with Now This. The CD is available now – Gary Peacock Now This (471 5388).         
Russell

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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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