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George Shearing: "Speaking about Johann Sebastian Bach I think he'd be a real jazzer if he were alive today. I mean any man who has two wives, twenty kids, gets kicked out of the church for being too harmonically radical and drinks beer can't be all wrong can he?" - (Crescendo March 1984.)

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Today Thursday December 12

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 12:00pm. Free.

Note earlier time for this week only!

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Evening

Jazz

Hot Club du Nord - Lubetkin Theatre, East Durham College, Willerby Drive, Peterlee SR8 2RN. Tel: 0191 518 2000. 7:00pm. £10.00. (£5.00. under 18s). 'Jazz at the Lubetkin'.

Gala Big Band - Gala Theatre & Cinema, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. Tel: 03000 266 600. 7:30pm. £10.00. (£8.00. concs.). ‘Gala Big Band Does Christmas’.

Durham University Big Band - Dunelm House, New Elvet, Durham DH1 3AN. Tel: 0191 334 1777. Free. 7:30pm. ‘Jazzy Christmas’.

Indigo Jazz Voices - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00. (£2.00. student).

Maine Street Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Hollywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:30pm. Free.

Tees Hot Club w. Gus Smith (vocals); Dave Stansfield (tenor sax); Ted Pearce (keys) - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm. £2.50.

Blues/Soul/Funk/Etc.

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

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

CD Review: John Abercrombie - The First Quartet

John Abercrombie (gtr/mandolin guitar); Richie Beirach (pno); George Mraz (bs); Peter Donald (dms).
(Review by Lance).
I'm always wary when packages arrive from ECM - I sometimes immerse them in water before opening. Could be a musical timebomb which, in a sense, this is!
The three CDs that comprise The First Quartet, released as part of the Old and New Masters series, date back to the period 1978-1980 when Abercrombie made his first albums [Arcade; Abercrombie Quartet; M] as the leader of a regular group. This is their first appearance digitally (Arcade was briefly available on CD in Japan) and serve to reinforce the belief of many guitar buffs that Abercrombie can hold his head up high alongside Metheny and Schofield.

It's not swing and nor is it total fusion. There's enough here to please the contemporaries without alienating the more conservative guitar aficionados.  
Abercrombie is simply magnificent, Beirach, not far behind, Donald the ideal drummer and George Mraz! Great bass player. A lady, Muriel, well known around the north east jazz scene in the 1980s introduced me to him at the North Sea Jazz Festival - "Lance plays sax". Mraz had recorded with, among many others, Art Pepper! I prayed he didn't invite me to a jam session! He didn't!
Three discs, deep and intense. Not to be played in one go but, like coffee creams, to be savoured selectively rather than gorged.
Lance.
John Abercrombie - The First Quartet now available on ECM 4732437.

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