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Piers Paul Read: "Bruce Reynolds and Biggs shared an interest in Sex, Jazz and Hemingway." - (The Train Robbers by Piers Paul Read, Coronet Books 1979.)

George Shearing: "Speaking about Johann Sebastian Bach I think he'd be a real jazzer if he were alive today. I mean any man who has two wives, twenty kids, gets kicked out of the church for being too harmonically radical and drinks beer can't be all wrong can he?" - (Crescendo March 1984.)

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Today Thursday July 19

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Holywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. 8:30pm. Free.

Alexys de Alfaro: Guitar Dreams with Coco Vega - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling Street, Gateshead NE8 2BA. Doors 7:00pm. A ‘jar on the bar’ gig. Guitar & percussion.

Alter Ego - St James’ & St Basil’s Church, Fenham Hall Drive, Newcastle NE4 9EJ. 7:30pm. £10.00.

Jesse Bannister Quartet - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. £10.00. (£8.00. concs.). JNE.

Northern Monkey Brass Band - Jubilee Park, Spennymoor DL16. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Big BRASS Bash (Durham Brass Festival).

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

Tees Hot Club w. Donna Hewitt (alto); Josh Bentham (tenor); Dave Archbaid (keys) - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9pm. Free.

Jazz Jam - Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 8pm. Free.

Billy's Buskers: Plug in and Play - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 7:00pm. Free.

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

Thursday, August 11, 2016

CD Review: Zach Larmer Electric Band – Inner Circle

(Review by Russell)
Miami-based guitarist Zach Larmer states: People often tell me they hear Metheny in my playing, but that’s like hearing Charlie Parker in a saxophonist’s playing. Pat Metheny, an undoubted influence on a generation of guitarists, is, as Larmer’s press release states: a compulsory rather than conscious influence. Larmer’s debut recording as a band leader   dispels any notion of the young guitarist being a mere Metheny clone.

Zach Larmer’s Electric Band at its core is a quartet; Larmer, Tal Cohen (keyboards) and a choice of bassist (Juan Pablo Diaz and Jermaine Walden) and similarly, a choice between drummers Rodolfo Zuniga and David Chiverton. Recorded at 10k Islands in Miami Inner Circle is augmented by brass and reeds on this ‘live’ studio recording with no editing and with an audience present. Seven tracks spanning sixty six minutes, five tracks are Larmer originals, plus one from bassist Juan Pablo Diaz, and one standard to close it out – Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise.  
The musicianship is of the highest standard and the group sound – the quartet plus a brass and reeds’ section – references seventies’ jazz-rock with an insistent funk groove. Larmer knows his stuff; Joe Pass to John Scofield and more are assimilated in his playing.
I Left it Bayou hears killer bass and drums laying it down and Friedrichshain (comp. Juan Pablo Diaz) features the trumpet playing of Brian Lynch. Larmer’s other trumpeter on the session, John Daversa, who plays his EVI on the opening number On the Dock, and again on the title track, Inner Circle, is heard on the latter number alongside tenor saxophonist Aldo Salvent.
Russell.   
Inner Circle by the Zach Larmer Electric Band is available now. For further details of a fine debut recording visit: www.zachlarmer.com                          

Zach Larmer (guitar), John Daversa (trumpet, EVI), Brian Lynch (trumpet), Aldo Salvent (saxophone), Tal Cohen (keyboards), Juan Pablo Diaz (bass), Jermaine Walden (bass), Rodolfo Zuniga (drums) & David Chiverton (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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