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Frank Zappa: "There was so much acid during the '60s that it was very easy for large numbers of people to think they had seen God as soon as the Beatles went boom, boom, boom, you know?." - (DownBeat May 18, 1978). – (DownBeat May 18, 1978).

Ryan Keberle: “Don't be easy on yourself when it comes to playing with perfect intonation. All other instruments will be playing with close-to-perfect intonation; the same should be expected of trombonists.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Saturday March 24


Dave Donohoe Band - St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Larchfield Street, Darlington DL3 7TG. 12:30pm.

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Hardwick Arms Hotel, 1 North End, Sedgefield TS21 2AZ. Tel: 01740 622305. 1:30pm. Free.


Ladies of Midnight Blue - Live Theatre, Broad Chare, Newcastle NE1 3DQ. Tel: 0191 232 1232. 8:00pm. £12.00. (advance). Hannabiell, Yilis & co. Jumpin’ Hot Club gig.

Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra -Scarth Memorial Hall, Staindrop, Co Durham DL2 3JL. Tel: 01388 660786. 8:00pm. £9.00., £5.00. child.

Tyne Valley Big Band - TORCH Centre, Corbridge Road, Hexham NE46 1QS. 7:30pm.

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

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

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

CD Review: Svein Rikard Mathisen - Copenhagen Diaries.

Svein Rikard Mathisen (gtr/comp); William Larrson (pno); Paul Hinz (bs); Andreas Fryland (dms) + Aske Drasbæk (alt on 3 tracks);  Maylen Rusti (voice on 2 tracks).
(Review by Lance).
By Scandinavian standards this is practically mainstream! By more worldly views it's contemporary without losing the plot. Mathisen is an inventive guitarist and a creative composer, finding interesting harmonies and unusual voicings that excite rather than jar. The compositions represent five years of his life in Copenhagen. A life well spent judging by the results as they appear on this album.
The titles demand us to know more!
Prelude; Who Broke the Bat?; Pheasant Cookin'; Hedmark; Vanity; A Moon on a Sunny Day; New Beginnings; I Guess Seeing One More Episode Won't Hurt Anyone. 
The music is as good as the titles without revealing the meanings. The guitar playing is  top draw and pianist Larrson is up on that same platteau - what am I saying? Hinz and Fryland are up there too plus alto sax on 3 tracks and Rusti's voice, so well integrated to be almost imperceptible, on 2 add to the flavour. Indeed, Mathisen's comment that, finding the right musicians has been decisive for letting the music and the compositions be played as seamlessly fluent as they are.
I'll go along with that.
It's complex rhythmically and the harmonies aren't your average chordal juxtapositions but that enhances rather than detracts - they are harmonies and maybe this really is the guy who found the lost chord, and a few more!
Svein Rikard Mathisen - Copenhagen Diaries is available on the Curling Legs label.

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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.
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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.)
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