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Today Wednesday February 19

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.

Zoë Gilby & Mark Williams - Jazz Café, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 1:00pm. £3.00. Café Mezzanine (first floor, access via crafts shop).

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

After Hours #4: Stéphane Grappelli - Cafédral Durham, Owengate, Durham DH1 3HB. 7:30pm. £5.00. (concs. available). Sonia Rae (violin); Tom Burgess (guitar); Jack Theaker (guitar); Angus Shennan (keyboards); David Byfield (drums) + Clara Falkowska (flugelhorn, violin). ‘The life and work of Stéphane Grappelli’. Durham University Jazz Society event.

Blues/Soul/Funk etc.

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Thursday, October 15, 2015

CD Review: Racha Fora - Racha S'miles

Hiroaki Honshuku (flutes/piccolo/ewi); Rika Ikeda (violin); Mauricio Andrade (guitar); Rafael Russi (bass); Benhur Oliviera (pandeiro) + (on 3 tracks) Dave Liebman (sop sax).
(Review by Lance).
Described as Jazz improvisation over native Brazilian rhythms - a grooving hybrid music from Boston, Ma this sounded as if it might be a daunting prospect! Not so! This tribute to Miles Davis is quite delightful. The unusual combination of the flute/violin front-line over a Brazilian rhythm section works well.
Six compositions by Miles (Milestones; Blue in Green; Solar; All Blues; Circle and Seven Steps to Heaven). Two by Wayne Shorter (E.S.P. and Footprints) and four by Honshuku (Feather Roux; Chicken Don; Door 8 and Wood Row) are given original treatments all highly melodic and, at times, quite lyrical. Honshuku excels on flute, alto flute, piccolo and that strange beast the Electronic Wind Instrument. He studied with George Russell and works around that late great theorist's Lydian Chromatic Concept one of the few to capture fully the nuances of that conception. Front-line partner and fellow Japanese musician Ikeda is an exceptionally fluent player bringing a Grappelli-like elegance to her playing albeit with a more contemporary approach. The Brazilians bring their own native grooves to the table and, in doing so, prove that there's more to their music than mere bossa nova. Andrade's nylon strung guitar playing adds to solo credits with some impressive playing. Former David sideman Liebman makes his presence felt on three tracks ensuring that the spirit of Miles is never far away.
Lance

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