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Jackie Paris: "A singer's got to be able to tell a story. Frank Sinatra and Nat Cole are best at that; Mel Tormé too. I like to take a lyric that means something and sing it right to the person it was meant for." - (DownBeat October 11, 1962).

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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 September 16

Afternoon

Jazz

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

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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Thursday, September 01, 2016

CD Review: Sean Foran – Frame of Reference

Sean Foran (piano & Fender Rhodes), Stuart McCallum (guitars), Julian Argüelles (tenor & soprano saxophones), Ben Davis (cello) & Joost Hendrickx (drums)
(Review by Russell)
‘Sean Foran’s love of minimalist composers are evident in his compositions’. Record label publicity for the Australian pianist and composer’s new CD makes it clear that the likes of Phillip Glass and Steve Reich are favourites with ‘an anthemic, cinematic touch’.
The participation of cellist Ben Davis perhaps lends an authenticity to the chamber based approach sought by Foran in the making of Frame of Reference. Julian Argüelles plays a significant role on the album on both tenor and soprano saxophones. Stuart McCallum is featured on acoustic guitars.

Dare to Dream (track four of eight) is minimalism all the way. Serial hypnotic sounds – generated by unspecified fx – give way to Argüelles, Joost Hendrickx’ percussive beats, and the strings of Davis, McCallum and the Curtis Schwartz Studio’s piano, upon which Foran improvises. Argüelles’ exquisite, anguished soprano saxophone on Mish Mash is a particular delight, as is Hendrickx’ contribution behind the interplay of piano and guitar.
Frame of Reference was recorded on January 31 and  February 1, 2015.                      
Frame of Reference is released on Jazzhead (Head 222) on September 2.
Sean Foran tours England in October. A performance at the Bridge Hotel in Newcastle on Sunday October 9 will be in duo format with Stuart McCallum.  

Russell.

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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.
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