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14378 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 597 of them this year alone and, so far, 2 this month (July 2).

From This Moment On ...

July

Sat 02: Hot Fingers @ St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm. £10.00.
Sat 02: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor Steve Glendinning: Latin jazz. £25.00. Enrol at: www.jazz.coop.
Sat 02: Talk: Storytelling & jazz as an expression of urban life @ The Exchange, North Shields. 1:45pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sat 02: The Commandments + On Parole @ The Exchange, North Shields. 2:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Rhythm & blues.
Sat 02: Geordie Jazz Man @ The Exchange, North Shields. 5:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Screening of Abi Lewis’ documentary film about Keith Crombie & the Jazz Café.
Sat 02: The Delta Prophets Trio @ The Exchange, North Shields. 6:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Rhythm & blues.
Sat 02: Swing Manouche @ Claypath Deli, Durham. 7:00pm.
Sat 02: Swung Eight & King Bees @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Swing dance + ace Chicago blues band.
Sat 02: Tyne Valley Big Band @ Greenside Community Centre, Ryton. 7:30pm.
Sat 02: Patrick Cromb @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 03 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 03: Smokin’ Spitfires @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 12:45pm.
Sun 03: Ruth Lambert & Martin Craggs @ The Exchange, North Shields. 2:00pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Abbie Finn Trio @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Wild Women of Wylam @ The Exchange, North Shields. 4:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 5:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Jazz Jam @ The Exchange, North Shields. 6:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Jeffrey Hewer Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 04: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 06: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 06: Michael Bublé @ Durham County Cricket Club, Chester le Street. Doors: 5:00pm.
Wed 06: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 06: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 06: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 07: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 07: Lara Jones + Echo Juliet @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 07: Thursday Night Prayer Meeting @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free admission (donations).
Thu 07: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 07: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 08: Alex Clarke Quartet @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm. £7.00.
Fri 08: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 08: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 08: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.

Sat 09: Jazz Stage @ Mouth of the Tyne Festival: Zoë Gilby Duo (12 noon); Vieux Carré Jazzmen (1:35pm); Harmony Brass (3:10pm); Ruth Lambert Quartet (4:40pm). Outdoor stage adjacent to Tynemouth Priory.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Tim Garland Quartet @ Sage Gateshead – October 21

Tim Garland (tenor, alto saxophones, bass clarinet), Ant Law (guitars), Jason Rebello (keyboards), Asaf Sirkis (drums, percussion).
(Review by Steve Tolstoy/photo courtesy of Pam Young).
It was clear from the off this was something of a homecoming for Tim Garland. Turns out he used to teach music in Newcastle, lived in Whitley Bay for a time and recorded at Sage Gateshead while they were still finishing off the roof. This was home turf and it showed in his relaxed demeanour and infectious enthusiasm.
It was also obvious that this wasn’t a headliner and his band, but a real live super-group. His excitement at them ‘kicking your (his) ass each night’ was palpable, overflowing regularly through the night, whooping and clearly into their solos, leading the applause as he provided genuine backing with his various percussion objects. When you consider he played with Chick Corea for seventeen years, that these musicians plainly still blow him away ought to tell you something.

He set the scene for opener Best Day of your Life, maybe a slight exaggeration but a good day and a glorious band who put on a great show. It began with soprano and acoustic guitar before bursting into a fusiony, Latiny groove which flowed through the whole set, some beautiful real piano from Rebello.
Following the solos he took it back to the melody in the first of regular moments of jouissance, generally as he took it back to the head, reflecting what a great writer of melody he is.
Part of the dynamics of this group is the absence of bass which they address in various ways between them. Being something of a philistine in this regard, and with nothing emulating a Hammond, I wasn’t sure how it would all hold together, but they had it covered, and then some, Ant Law, possibly due to the absence of Hammond, taking on the bulk with his not quite so secret weapon, the eight string.
Some guitarists play bass like a guitarist but not Ant Law, and in a band with such loud echoes of Return to Forever and Weather Report, he’s mixing it with the best there’s ever been.
A duo followed with an extended sax intro before some chord textures on Fender Rhodes, but had he not told us in advance, I don’t think I’d have recognised it as Good Morning Heartache, which is maybe how it should be.
Most of the gig was taken from their excellent current album One, referring to ‘the unifying power of music’ and the next piece was Foretold from the album, sans Egyptian percussion but with some tampering to his tenor.
It featured the remarkable Asaf Sirkis on drums and percussion, effortlessly keeping the whole thing together, seemingly able to hold down multiple complex rhythms in tandem, gradually escalating to a percussion bombardment, Laws’ eight string laying down the bass incessantly throughout.
Next up Tyne Song dedicated to a working river (with equally famous fog) as he gloated he’d been talking about it on his nationwide tour but now it was right outside. It’s a great piece featuring a lovely subtle side to Laws’ playing, slowly turning up the heat before Tim came back in, utilising the full range of the sax.
Set one concluded with Sama’I for Peace, soprano evocative of exotic cultures but loads of plain old fusion, another Fender Rhodes solo, and all his solos throughout, on acoustic and electric were brilliant and thoughtful, before another drum outburst sent us to the break satisfied but with the relish of more to follow.
More of the same doesn’t remotely do justice to a night of great musical variety but works as a qualitative statement.
Eternal Greeting he told us referred to the infinite potential for improvisation, particularly with musicians of this calibre, though he explained it far more eloquently than I can, betraying an inquisitive intelligence. He’s also really hip, more so as he moves into the coolest decade, your fifties (obviously).
Putting his whole body into it he was like Sonny Rollins, Ant Law bringing a Spanish influence on acoustic, no doubt reflecting the reverence its composer has for Chick Corea.
Following Colours of Night, he asked Rebello to demonstrate the Fender Rhodes sound (actually on a Roland) and he played the theme from Taxi by Bob James, informing us the instrument was developed for traumatised veterans returning from Vietnam, and how ironic that it became a mainstay of Jazz-rock,. Although I suspect most people now think of Bob James as one of the architects of smooth Jazz, I was reminded how widespread it was in Jazz-funk.
We got some conical singing/ scatting from Sirkis which I’ve heard Trilok Gurtu do and somebody in Shakti (though presumably not John McLaughlin) but he seemed particularly skilled at it. He also does a little on the album.
Blues for Little Joe for his son who was in the audience though he’s no longer little, was a great group performance, and they all finished together.
A bass clarinet solo version of Black is the Colour of Her Hair, with some effects making it sound quite exotic though he forewarned us that classical musicians refer to the instrument as the ‘random note generator’.
Prototype for Bill Bruford who, he told us, played with Yes, Genesis and Earthworks though, since he was in King Crimson on and off for over twenty years, my guess is Robert Fripps’ probably now looking for Mr Garland. ‘We want to hear some more guitar’ he spoke for all of us, though he wasn’t expecting Happy Birthday for his fiftieth two days earlier as his wife brought out a cake. Then we got some more guitar and this man knows his progressive rock guitarists, his perfect clean sound justifying his position as one of the finest Jazz guitarists in the land, and one with a keen ear for exploration.
One for the son meant the encore needed to be one for the daughter; Bella Rosa renamed Rosa Ballerina to avoid confusion with a Newcastle restaurant of the same name, and in F sharp to reflect the pitch of her screaming at birth.

A handful of empty seats so next time, which probably won’t be too long, we must make sure it’s a sell-out.

1 comment :

Hugh said...

Excellent review, Steve, for a superb gig. Could well be lining up for my choice for gig of the year...

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