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Frank Zappa: "There was so much acid during the '60s that it was very easy for large numbers of people to think they had seen God as soon as the Beatles went boom, boom, boom, you know?." - (DownBeat May 18, 1978). – (DownBeat May 18, 1978).

Ryan Keberle: “Don't be easy on yourself when it comes to playing with perfect intonation. All other instruments will be playing with close-to-perfect intonation; the same should be expected of trombonists.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Saturday March 24


Dave Donohoe Band - St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Larchfield Street, Darlington DL3 7TG. 12:30pm.

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Hardwick Arms Hotel, 1 North End, Sedgefield TS21 2AZ. Tel: 01740 622305. 1:30pm. Free.


Ladies of Midnight Blue - Live Theatre, Broad Chare, Newcastle NE1 3DQ. Tel: 0191 232 1232. 8:00pm. £12.00. (advance). Hannabiell, Yilis & co. Jumpin’ Hot Club gig.

Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra -Scarth Memorial Hall, Staindrop, Co Durham DL2 3JL. Tel: 01388 660786. 8:00pm. £9.00., £5.00. child.

Tyne Valley Big Band - TORCH Centre, Corbridge Road, Hexham NE46 1QS. 7:30pm.

Billy Bootleggers All Star Band - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

CD Review: Keith Jarrett - Creation

Keith Jarrett (piano)
(Review by Russell)
Following his 2014 worldwide concert performances pianist Keith Jarrett selected the most revelatory episodes from six concerts and sequenced them, effectively creating a new concert. In other words this new release on ECM is a collection of the best bits of Jarrett’s gigs during last year. Its issue marks the pianist’s seventieth birthday (8 May).
Nine pieces across six performances on three continents, Creation, with a total running time of 72 minutes and 30 seconds, is typical of Jarrett the solo artist. Parts one to nine (Roman numerals I-IX for gravitas) were, no doubt, created on the best pianos on Earth (nothing but the best for Mr Jarrett). Part I sets the tone; referential silence broken only by Jarrett’s vocal harmonising with his keyboard inventions. Parts II and III observe an unremitting funereal pace with suggestions of Bach, then, perhaps, a familiar ballad, no sooner lost in the ether. Other parts offer more of the same.
Location – Paris, Rome, Tokyo, Toronto – of significance to the artist (one assumes), to the listener, of no importance. Creation documents Keith Jarrett’s concert performances during 2014. This ECM release is one for the piano student. Keith Jarrett’s Creation is on ECM 472 2298.         

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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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