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Today Friday December 13

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux CarréJazzmen - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. ‘Christmas Jazz Lunch’. Details from 0191 252 9429).

Dean Stockdale Trio - The Merry Monk, 30 Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening.

Jazz

‘An Evening of Swing & Sparkle’ - National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland SR6 0GL. Tel: 0191 515 5555. 7:30pm. £35.00. Rat Pack evening inc. 4-course meal.

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Gosforth Civic Theatre, Regents Farm Road, Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3HD. Tel: 0191 284 3700. 8:00pm. £12.00. + bf. First night of two.

Chris Dean's Syd Lawrence Orchestra - Yarm School, Stockton TS15 9EJ. Tel: 01642 786023. 7:30pm (6:30pm doors). £18.00. + £1.80. bf (£15.00. + £1.50. bf). 'Mistletoe & Miller'.

Blues, Funk/Soul etc.

Baghdaddies - Cobalt Studios, Boyd Street, NewcastleNE2 1AP. £10.68 (inc. bf). ‘Big Xmas Knees Up’.

Swamp Hoppers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.

George Shovlin & the Acoustic Radars feat. Pat Rafferty + George Pallas & John Wilkins - Whitburn Cricket Club, East Street, Whitburn SR6 7BZ. Tel: 0191 529 3187. 7:30pm (7:00pm doors). £7.50. admission by ticket only (from www.wegottickets.com). 'The Bents Road Sessions'.

Dead Skunk Skiffle & Blues Orchestra + Stetson Five - Station East, Hills Street, Gateshead NE8 2AN. 8:00pm. Free.

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

Saturday, March 26, 2016

CD Review: Leslie Pintchik - True North

Leslie Pintchik (pno); Steve  Wilson (ten/sop on 6 tks); Ron Horton (tpt on 6 tks); Scott Hardy (bs); Michael Sarin (dms); Satoshi Takeishi (perc).
(Review by Lance).
Ms. Pintchik's fifth CD is the second one that's come up for review on BSH -  the previous disc, In the Nature of Things, turned up just under two years ago and was favourably received by this reviewer. Likewise, this new album also hits the spot. Pintchik's delicate, but not effete style, brings to mind Ramsey Lewis and Ahmad Jamal - the notes also compare her with Ralph Burns. 

Never having heard Burns as a featured piano soloist, I cannot comment on that. However, knowing Burns' work for Woody Herman as a composer and arranger I'd say that is where the similarities lay. The six originals are truly worthy of Burns and, indeed, any other jazz composer but they are Leslie's and worthy of becoming a part of the standard jazz repertoire.
The two horns kick delicacy into touch on most of the six tracks where they open their cases. It adds contrast in the way that Dijon Mustard gives a touch of piquancy to a medium rare steak. Their lyrical side emerges on the title track where soprano and flugel decorate Pintchik's musical cake most tastefully.
The horns are on the bench for the non-originals. Beautiful interpretations of Imagine; Falling in Love Again; Charade and For All We Know - the latter recorded live at Scullers in Boston. Hardy and Sarin are sound and unobtrusive throughout with Takeishi' percussion gently floating.
It would be wonderful to hear Pintchik in the UK but I guess we'll just have to make do with CDs or else take a trip over to Manhattan for the CD release concert at Jazz at Kitano - 66 Park Avenue, NYC. This takes place on Friday, May 13 - not a good date to be flying!
The album was released yesterday (March 25) on Pintch Hard Records.
Lance.

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