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Branford Marsalis: "You talk to the old guys about it [52nd St.], and they say the music part was great. Every other aspect of it [pay, hours, conditions] sucked" - (DownBeat, May 2019).

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Today Sunday April 21

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. Free.

Blues

Beefy La Slap - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Alex Fawcett Band - Tyne Bar, Maling St., Newcastle NE6 1LP. Tel: 0191 265 2550. 4:00pm. Free

Evening

Jazz

East Coast Jazz - Exchange, Howard Street, North Shields NE30 1SE. Tel: 0191 258 4111. 6:00pm. Free. Monthly jam session.

Swing Manouche - Black Bull, Bridge St., Blaydon NE21 4JJ. Tel: 0191 414 2846. 7:30pm. £7.00. Blaydon Jazz Club. Note new, regular start time.

Blues

Sour Mash Trio - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Thursday, June 23, 2016

CD Review: Mike Jones Trio - Roaring.

Mike Jones (pno); Katie Theroux (bs); Matt Witek (dms)
(Review by Lance).
Yesterday it was 19 discs, today it's 21! Seems like everyone and their grandmother has a CD begging to be heard.
Volunteer reviewers are still required by BSH. No pay but flexible hours and you get to keep the CD whether you like it or not! Having said that, this one is mine and if you want it, flash the cash! 
Mike Jones' previous release - Mike Jones Plays With Others -  was one of my favourite discs of 2013 and this one is up there with it. Don't let the description 'A swinging recasting of 1920's standards' delude you into thinking this is some honkytonky, Charleston bash - far from it!
If your piano idols  include Oscar Peterson and Errol Garner - particularly Garner - then this disc is for you. Sure the tunes are from the pre-prohibition days but the renditions are post 52nd St.,  and, as relevant today as they ever were, - after being given the Jones Trio's treatment.
Yes Sir, That's My Baby - cool laconic and laid back.
If I Had You - Jones, a king uncrowned.
I'll See You in Cuba - a lesser known Irving Berlin tune takes us to Havana.
Home - swingy, medium plus groove. A great tune made even greater!
Mean to Me - one of the era's classic tunes. A fantastic block chord solo. Jones takes the song apart without losing direction. Thiroux brilliant on bass - as she is throughout!
I Found a New Baby - lifts the old Dixie classic to a new level.
Me and My Shadow - swinging like a well-oiled gate.
What'll I Do? - More Berlin and a delightfully reflective solo take.
I Can't Believe That You're in Love With me - another swinger with Witek featured.
Am I Blue? -  It's not a blues but Jones puts enough 'blue notes' into the song to convince you otherwise! Just perfect!
Make a note for Down Beat Poll time - Piano: MIKE JONES. Small Group: MIKE JONES TRIO.
And if there's a section for CD Artwork then DAVID SILVERMAN's The Man!
Lance.
Available July 16 on Capri Records.

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