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Today Thursday June 20

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Jazz Orchestra - Arc, Dovecot St., Stockton on Tees TS18 1LL. Tel: 01642 525199. 7:00pm. £12.00. + £0.10. bf. ‘Jazz & Tapas’ - booking essential.

Ruth Lambert Quartet - St James' & St Basil's Church, Fenham Hall Drive, Fenham, Newcastle NE4 9EJ. 7:30pm. £8.00.

Heller-Glendinning: Billie Meets Kurt - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm (doors). £6.00. (£3.00. student).

Acoustic Infusion - The Forum, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG. Tel: 01325 363135. 7:30pm. £5.00. Line-up: Alan Thompson (tenor sax); Rick Laughlin (piano); Bruce Rollo (double bass); Ian Halford (drums). Now Abbie Finn on drums.

Durham University Concert Band + Grollingwood Big Band - Durham Town Hall, Market Place, Durham DH1 3NJ. 7:30pm. £10.00., £9.00., £8.00.

Durham University Big Band - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. £6.00. (£5.00 concs.). JNE.

Tees Hot Club w. Gus Smith (vocals); Donna Hewitt (tenor sax), Dave Archbold (keys) - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free.

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

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

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

Sunday, November 13, 2016

CD Review: Burak Bedikyan - Awakening.

Burak Bedikyan (piano); Loren Stillman (alto); Ugonna Okegwo (bass); Donald Edwards (drums).
(Review by Lance).
Idée Fixe kickstarts the album off with a boppish head orbiting Stillman into an angular solo with a suggestion of Art Pepper hovering above. Bedikyan picks up the baton and runs with it. Bass makes the change passing it to Edwards for an explosive finish.
Another composition from the Turkish pianist/composer follows - all 9 pieces are by Bedikyan - Mother Earth being a more reflective, explorative experience.
All Alone's Latin feel makes for a relaxed, laid back setting that allows the soloists to float, seemingly effortlessly without any loss of intensity.
Unfair Blues and Stillman brings to mind, again, Pepper as well as Konitz, Shank, Geller maybe even Frank Morgan. Not a bad place to be. Bedikyan too shows just how important a pianist he has become since I reviewed his Circle of Life album a couple of years back.
The title track, Awakening, moves in a more contemporary direction without going off the rails. Perhaps Chick Corea has had a little influence.
Memory of a Fading Dream - a pastoral poem. Fading dreams, we've all had them, and this encompasses them whilst, at the same time, allowing Okegwo to somnambulate the bass.
Ad Infinitum Riff-based, it's appropriately named and didn't go on for too long (5:47).
Do Not Fear, the longest track at almost 10 minutes, is complex with changes of time, meter and mood and yet, the complexity makes it all the more compelling!
The All Seeing Eye takes us out as we came in. Some hard bop blowing, piano reminiscent of Sonny Clark.
Now that Blue Note has moved the goalposts maybe Steeplechase has replanted them!
Lance.
Available Steeplechase  SCCD 33129

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