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Dayna Stephens: "I always tell them [students] there will never be anyone who will play it [EWI] as technically proficient as this cat [Michael Brecker] did." - (JazzTimes June 2019).

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Today Tuesday June 25

Afternoon

Jazz

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jam Session - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, 59 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel. 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. Free. Trio Alan Law, Paul Grainger, John Bradford.

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Monday, August 08, 2016

Jazz Co-op @ The Globe: The Mark Williams Trio: August 6

Mark Williams (guitar); John Pope (bass); Russ Morgan (drums)
(Review by Ann Alex/photo from archives)
Another brief report, and my excuse, this time, is that I had to leave early as I’d been working hard at the Globe Summer Workshop that day. Perhaps I’ll get sacked from BSH for lackadaisickalness, but I can’t be, because there’s no such word.

The band started fast and loud and well on the money, as Russell would say, with what I’d call a wall of sound from the drums, fast full drumming which makes sense and is magically well skilled. Mark was soon up at the dusty end of the guitar with high notes, solos from guitar and bass, playing an original, but I didn’t catch the name.  Then came Keep Me In Mind, a contrasting smooth strong tune, brushed drums, riffs of The Girl From Ipanema and then some hand-drumming from Russ.   Chic Corea’s Windows followed, a tricky tune with a drum solo, then a mellow meditative slow tune, Old Folks. And alas I wanted more but I would have been too tired to appreciate the second set, so off I  reluctantlywent.  Well done lads!

Ann Alex

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