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Bill Reglein (JJ Babbitt m/pieces): "We made this mouthpiece for Eddie Harris. He played tenor sax and trumpet. He played in some pretty rough bars. The story goes that he was afraid he'd get in a fight and get his teeth knocked out. He figured that if even that happened he could still play tenor. So, the request came in, 'Can I get a reed mouthpiece for my trumpet?' the company made exactly one." - (DownBeat October 2019).

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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 Saturday September 21

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Solitude - St John's Church, Grainger St., Newcastle NE1 5JG. 11:00am & 2:00pm. Free. Gabriele Heller’s audio play (40mins).

Jeff Barnhart’s Silent Film Festival: Reel 2 - St Augustine's Parish Centre, Larchfield Street, Darlington DL3 7TG. 12:30pm. £10.00. (under 16s free). Barnhart’s piano accompaniment to classic silent films.

Vieux Carré Jazzmen: River Tyne Jazz Cruise - Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. Departing 1:00pm (boarding from 12:30pm) from o/s Pitcher & Piano, returning 4:00pm. Tickets: £25.00. (info 0191 252 9429/07710 528413). On board buffet & Tyne Bank Brewery bar.

Evening

Ronnie Scott's All Stars - Middlesbrough Theatre, The Avenue, Middlesbrough TS5 6SA. Tel: 01642 815181. 8:00pm. £22.50. (inc bf). Ronnie Scott's Story: 60th Anniversary Concert.

Nikki Iles, Karen Sharp & Friends - Queen's Hall Library, Queen's Hall Arts Centre, Beaumont Street, Hexham NE46 3LS. Tel: 01434 652477. 9:30pm. £15.00. A Hexham Abbey Festival of Music & Arts event.

Blues/Funk/Soul

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

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

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

CD Review: Tipping Point – The Earthworm’s Eye View

James Mainwaring (tenor & soprano saxophones, effects), Matthew Bourne (Fender Rhodes), Michael Bardon (double bass) & Joost Hendrickx (drums)
(Review by Russell).
Tipping Point is James Mainwaring’s new project. Roller Trio’s reeds man is joined by fellow Leeds College of Music graduates Mick Bardon and Joost Hendrickx and one of their tutors, pianist Matthew Bourne. The CD is the second to be released on Lamplight Social Records, the label set up by saxophonist Mainwaring.
Ten tracks – five of them improvisations – composed by Mainwaring, The Earthworm’s Eye View is a departure from the riotous abandon of  one-time Mercury Prize contenders Roller Trio. The presence of Bourne playing Fender Rhodes is surely a significant factor in the playful group improvisations. Rat Bucket, an improvised piece constructed upon a three bar riff and twelve bar melody gets to the heart of the music. Quiet, organic improv, Mainwaring’s tenor lines working off  Bourne’s dense, shifting Fender Rhodes.
Bigsaw Jigsaw veers from the improvised to the notated, flitting from one to the other in a split second, back and forth, piecing together the composition at breakneck pace. Mick Bardon’s low-in-the-mix bass playing rumbles assuredly throughout the album and Joost Hendrickx’s drumming is in-the-pocket, variously encouraging and responding to effects thrown into the mix. ‘Effects’ or ‘FX’ can be seen – and heard – as one of Mainwaring’s instruments on The Earthworm’s View. The eponymous track successfully incorporates a tenor/FX sound with Fender Rhodes and the bristling energy of Bardon and Hendrickx.
Russell.
The Earthworm’s View on Lamplight Social Records (LRSCD00 2) is released on October 9.
Russell.         

1 comment :

Russell said...

Tipping Point play a jazz North East gig at the Bridge Hotel, Newcastle on Sunday 8th November in a double bill with the Long Lonesome Go.

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