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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 December 12

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 12:00pm. Free.

Note earlier time for this week only!

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Evening

Jazz

Hot Club du Nord - Lubetkin Theatre, East Durham College, Willerby Drive, Peterlee SR8 2RN. Tel: 0191 518 2000. 7:00pm. £10.00. (£5.00. under 18s). 'Jazz at the Lubetkin'.

Gala Big Band - Gala Theatre & Cinema, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. Tel: 03000 266 600. 7:30pm. £10.00. (£8.00. concs.). ‘Gala Big Band Does Christmas’.

Durham University Big Band - Dunelm House, New Elvet, Durham DH1 3AN. Tel: 0191 334 1777. Free. 7:30pm. ‘Jazzy Christmas’.

Indigo Jazz Voices - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00. (£2.00. student).

Maine Street Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Hollywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:30pm. Free.

Tees Hot Club w. Gus Smith (vocals); Dave Stansfield (tenor sax); Ted Pearce (keys) - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm. £2.50.

Blues/Soul/Funk/Etc.

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

CD Review: Joshua Breakstone - The Cello Quartet: 88

Joshua Breakstone (gtr); Lisle Atkinson (bs); Andy Watson (dms); Mike Richmond (cello).
(Review by Lance).
As the review copies arrive in ever increasing numbers I'm enveloped in guilt. My postman is already bent and withered, and he's only a young man. The cat trembles at the sound of the combination of CDs  and Tandoori takeaway/pizza menus that land on the doormat.
I classify the discs - vocals for Ann or Debra; familiar contemporary. names for Russell; slightly outré for Hugh; ultra outré for Steve H and a combination of the lot for Steve T - particularly if there is a guitar in the mix. The rest are pigeon - holed for whichever charity shop I like least. Then there are the ones I know will hit my car stereo.
This is just such a one.
Breakstone is my kind of guitarist - like he swings! Not only that, Mike Richmond on cello also swings and cellos aren't noted for their  jazz pendulum qualities!
Superb playing on compositions by some of the best of the first and second generation of bebop masters. Harold Mabern's The Chief; Sonny Clark's' News For Lulu; Cedar Walton's Black; Soul Eyes from the pen of Mal Waldron; An original by Breakstone; Eighty-Eight; Elmo Hope's Moe Is On; Lolita by Barry Harris; Tadd Dameron's sumptuous If You Could See me Now and Lennie's Pennies - a piece composed by Lennie Tristano and guitarist Billy Bauer, probably back in the early 1950s.
Breakstone does the composers proud. Fluent hornlike soloing interspersed with rich chordal passages mark down Breakstone as a born again Christian [Charlie].
Richman, as I've remarked in previous reviews, occupies the area 'twixt guitar and bass and I'd have loved, by way of contrast, to have heard some bowed cello solos. The rich tonal qualities of the instrument are less obvious in pizzicato mode. Nevertheless, all that aside, this is still a very listenable disc and I know it will be played again and again even though I've now got Jazz FM on the car stereo - in fact, particularly because I've now got Jazz FM on the car stereo!
Available October 21 on Capri Records.
Lance.

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