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Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden - Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead Quays, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3BA. Tel: 0191 478 1810. Screenings at intervals during the day. Part of Akomfrah's exhibition Ballasts of Memory. Exhibition (daily) July 6 - October 27. 10:00am-6:00pm. Free.

Today Monday August 19

Afternoon

Jazz

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden (see centre column).

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Evening

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Sunday, August 28, 2016

CD Review: Philip Clemo – Dream Maps - “To sleep perchance to dream”

(Review by Steve H)).
Maybe not jazz as you know it, but nevertheless, a marvellously original piece of work transcending genres from Pink Floyd to Steve Reich.  Aided by contributions from 21 musicians, Clemo is featured on voice, guitars, keyboards, electronics, treatments (?) and location sound recordings.
The opening Liberation is a dreamlike multi-layered ambient soundscape setting the tone for the rest of the album. 
Shadow Seas, a more sombre rhythmic affair, lifted with very effective background vocals. 
Magnetic, futuristic in a somewhat orchestral style. 
Lark begins almost morbidly before breaking into a very uplifting piece.
The Return of Familiarity, dominated by a single piano note played effectively over the ensemble. 
Water in the Flow, a powerful number again featuring very effective vocals accompanied by constant table-like rhythms. 
Burn is hauntingly eerie and atmospheric. 
Awaken Now perfectly evokes its title giving the impression of being awoken gracefully. 
Home is both charming and  graceful leaving one with a positive feel at the conclusion to a thoroughly enjoyable album.
Dream Maps has a very cinematic feel to it (which is not surprising given that Clemo is also a filmmaker) the listener is always kept interested and intrigued if not inspired.
Steve H.
Philip Clemo: voice, electric & acoustic guitars; keyboards; electronics; Evi Vine: voice; Arve Henriksen: trumpet, voice; Byron Wallen, Henry Lowther: trumpet, flugelhorn; Pip Eastop: French horn; Oren Marshall: tuba; Sarah Homer: clarinet, bass clarinet; Clive Bell: flute ; Kevin Pollard: piano, organ; Thomas Bloch: ondes martenot; glass harmonica; Emily Burridge, Peter Gregson: cello; B.J. Cole: pedal steel guitar; Phil Wheeler, Simon Hopkins: electric guitar; Simon Edwards: electric bass, double bass; John Edwards: double bass;  Nikko Grosz: electric bass; Martin Ditcham: drums, percussion; Dirk Wachtelaer, Martin France: drums.

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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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
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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Whilst we appreciate the many emails, texts, messages and other communications we receive requesting album/gig reviews on BSH, regrettably, we are unable to reply to all of them other than those we are able to answer with a positive response.
Similarly, CDs received by post will only be considered if accompanied by sufficient background material.
Finally, bear in mind that this is a jazz-based site when submitting your album.
Lance