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Danny Gatton: "I was tired of playing in beer joints. I wanted to do something tangible like building cars. But once you do music it gets into your blood. You can get away from it for awhile but sooner or later it comes back to you." - (Down Beat April 1991).

Tal Farlow: "There were times when I would stop [playing guitar] and do sign painting." - (Downbeat December 5, 1963)

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Today Wednesday August 23

Afternoon
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
New Orleans Jazz at the Village Hall - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.
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Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Billy's Acoustic Blues - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free (weekly).
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

CD Review: Tom Bancroft: Trio Red – Lucid Dreamers

Tom Bancroft (drums), Tom Cawley (piano) & Per Zanussi (bass)
(Review by Russell)
Lucid Dreamers is Trio Red’s follow up album to their 2012 debut recording First Hello to Last Goodbye. Drummer Tom Bancroft contributes two compositions (the opening and closing tracks), five tunes were written by the trio and three other numbers complete a ten track package.
Tom Bancroft and pianist Tom Cawley had previously worked together and their meeting bassist Per Zanussi for the first time in the recording studio created this enduring working relationship as Trio Red. 
Bancroft’s impish Saturday Afternoon (with Sophie) suggests an afternoon ‘hanging out with his then three year old’ was unalloyed joy. In contrast, Lucid Dreamers closes the album in serious mood. Written during turbulent times in Tblisi with an all too recent civil war at the forefront of Georgians’ minds, the composition is dark in content, evolving into a wonderful trio performance with Cawley’s piano at its heart.
Trio Red’s sense of humour runs through several of the tracks including Mr McFat Puts on his Socks and Monsieur Pompouse Takes a Stroll. A swing feel surfaces from time to time, not least on Mingus’ Jump Monk. Contemporary developments are referenced in the group composition Acoustica Electronica (Tom Cawley came to prominence in Acoustic Ladyland) on an album sure to reward fans of the piano trio and those interested in group improvisation.
Trio Red’s Lucid Dreamers is released on Interupto Music (IM005) on Friday 29 April on CD and as a download. A promotional tour takes Bancroft, Cawley and Zanussi to the Blue Lamp, Aberdeen (May 12), Glad Café, Glasgow (13), a Bancroft home town gig at  the Village Hall, Pathead (14), Soundhouse@Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh (16) and a gig at the Vortex, London (17).
Russell.

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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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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