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Saturday 15: Anth Purdy - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm. Free (donations). Purdy’s solo ‘Swing Jazz Guitar’ show. Limited capacity.

Thursday 20: Vieux Carre Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone, North Tyneside NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, 27 Sunniside Rd., Gateshead NE16 5NA. 8:30pm. Free.

Friday 21: Lindsay Hannon - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9:00pm. Free (donations). Limited capacity.

Friday, September 25, 2015

CD Review: Tim Thornton - The Feel Good Place

Tim Thornton (bs); James Gardiner-Bateman (alt); Grant Windsor (pno); Chris Draper (dms).
(Review by Lance)
Simply superb! I could end the review with those two words without feeling I'd short-changed anyone. However, whilst that description may do for me, my loyal readers deserve more -  yes all three of you - so here we go.
Sweet Chin Music is a delightful theme that brings to mind the feel, in an abstract sort of way, of the classic Giuffre album The Train and the River. It has a similar mood - sort of floating - whilst actually sounding nothing like it! Thornton's bass moves around, keeping everything together. JGB plays alto with a fluidity that allows the ideas to flow. Windsor's piano, on the money every time, and the drumwork at the end, the perfect climax.
The only non-original, The Beatles Here There and Everywhere, which just happens to be my favourite - possibly my only favourite - Beatles tune is a biggie for all. I'm not sure which chord sequence it is based upon - did the Fab Four create original seqs? Certainly this one is more complex than say, All My Loving or She Loves You etc. - a timeless melody worthy of any of the Gasbook guys. 
Newborn, a mid-tempo groove, has me thinking that Thornton's extended solo is just about as good as it gets. JGB's alto ticks so many boxes I had to create new ones for him to tick! Then Windsor came in - no wonder they named a town after him - and I ran out of ticking boxes.
More originals - The Feel Good Place; Dribbling; Corona; Wicked Rickety - each and everyone as good as, or better, than the one preceding!
This is a swinger - Swing 2015+.
Best new British album I've heard so far this year - the truth always wins!
The album is released by Jellymould on Oct. 2 and launched at Pizza two days later. They tour in March - mainly, no totally, south of Dean Street!
Lance.

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