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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.

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

CD Review: Wolfgang Muthspiel – Rising Grace

Wolfgang Muthspiel – guitar; Ambrose Akinmusire – trumpet; Brad Mehldau – piano; Larry Grenadier – double bass; Brian Blade – drums.
(Review by Hugh C).
Wolfgang Muthspiel made his ECM leader debut in 2014. The trio disc, Driftwood, featuring him alongside long-time colleagues, bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Brian Blade. For his follow-up – Rising Grace – the Austrian guitarist convened a special quintet, adding Brad Mehldau on piano and trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire to the Grenadier/Blade rhythm section.  On Rising Grace, Muthspiel moves between electric guitar and classically-tinged acoustic six-string.

There is a persistent, but laid-back, underlying groove throughout.  Muthspiel, Mehldau and Akinmusire weave their magic through and between the gently propulsive bass and drums.  That the tone is sweet, doesn't mean any lack of excitement, at time's Akinmusire's trumpet is just below the stratosphere.  The overall sound is a delight to listen to and the joy of the musicians as they playfully parry with each other is palpable.
Ten tracks, with nine composed by Muthspiel.  Rising Grace, Intensive Care, Triad Song, Father and Sun (sic) precede Wolfgang’s Waltz – composed especially for the album by Mehldau.  Superonny and Boogaloo follow, then Muthspiel’s tribute to a late, great ECM artist Den Wheeler, Den Kenny.  Ending Music and Oak complete the package.
Not ground-breaking, but certainly extremely good (as would be expected with the calibre of the musicians and production involved) and very pleasant to listen to.
Hugh.
Rising Grace (ECM2515) is available now as CD or MP3 download.

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