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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 Tuesday July 23

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Jam Session - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel. 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. House trio: Stu Collingwood; Paul Grainger; Matt MacKellar.

Archipelago & J Frisco + Mark Williams Trio - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. 8:00pm. £9.90.

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

Sunday, October 18, 2015

CD Review: Kristine Mills - BOSSAtoo

Kristine Mills (vocals, guitar, percussion, songwriter); Klaus Mueller (keys, arrangements, production); Itaiguara Brandao (acoustic guitar, 5-string electric bass,); Portinho (drums);
Rafael Barata (percussion, tracks 1, 8, 11).
(Review by Ann Alex).
It must be Latin week at BSH – here is another CD of Latin jazz, mostly originals from the pen of Mills, except for Jobim’s Meditation, his Inutil Paisagem (If You Never Come to Me) and Sting’s its Probably Me.  Mills voice, a pleasant sweetish jaunty tone, is hard to describe but easy to listen to. 
The various Latin rhythms, such as variations on the Samba, are delightfully tricky and the solos are mostly on keys with a percussion background.  No particular lyrics stand out on these love songs but neither do any words jar the senses.  Journey Back Home, for instance, is a slowish love song with a light touch; Meditation, slow, quiet and heartfelt; Inutil Paisagem, effectively done with guitar accompaniment. The final track, Burden of Choice, has an effective sound of wood tapping percussion accompaniment that continues long after the singing has stopped - a real Latin feel. Other titles include Hold Fast; Breathe Your Kiss; Last First Glance.
Mills has surrounded herself with distinguished musicians: Mueller (Herbie Hancock); Brandao ( Sidney Opera House and other prestigious venues); Porthino (played with many jazz greats); and Barata began playing drums at the age of 5.  This is Mills sixth album.  A winner of various Houston Press Music Awards, she performs regularly in New York and throughout the US.
Kristine Mills – BOSSAtoo, available on the Inkwell Publishing label.
Ann Alex

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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