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Jackie McLean: “I can't understand British audiences. In Britain there doesn't seem to be any curiosity." (Melody Maker, April 1, 1961).

Charles Mingus: "It seems to me that if our records were not issued in Britain, the British cats would have to think for themselves" (Jazz News, July 26th 1961)

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Today Saturday July 22

Afternoon
SummerTyne Americana Festival 2017 - Sage Gateshead. Day two of three. Details. From 12 noon all day.
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Evening
Steve Glendinning (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
The Hookahs - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Big Chris Barber Band - Alnwick Playhouse. 7:30pm. £21.50/£20.50.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

CD Review: Henry Spencer and Juncture – The Reasons Don’t Change

(Review by Russell)
Henry Spencer and Juncture met as students at the Guildhall School of Music. Trumpeter Spencer plays with precision and passion – a winning combination. Bold, uninhibited, the opening track, one of ten – Introduction / Hindsight Can Wait – bristles with an energy one associates with the concert hall platform, Spencer, with steely nerve projecting to the upper circle and beyond.
Publicity material suggests a collective interest in jazz, rock and minimalism. Add a bravura attitude reminiscent of Chick Corea’s Return to Forever period and you begin to hear a fearless improviser at work in Henry Spencer’s trumpet playing. Juncture can, and do, take it down, Never Draw a Line being one such example – the resonant tones of double bassist Andrew Robb, pianist (and Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer and mellotron!) Matt Robinson’s thoughtful contribution and the impressive guitar playing of Nick Costley-White embracing the jazz chord and a jazz-rock fusion vocabulary.   
Drummer David Ingamells sparkles throughout, not least on Still Open to Confusion, a powerful five minutes and eighteen seconds of group interplay. Spencer’s quintet is augmented on four tracks by the Guastalla Quartet adding subtle textures to Spencer’s compositions.
The Reasons Don’t Change is an impressive debut. One imagines the in-concert performance will be something special. Recommended.               
Henry Spencer and Juncture have an album launch night at the Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho, London on February 7th. The Reasons Don’t Change will be released by Whirlwind Recordings (WR4698). Tour dates follow with several gigs in the south-west. For up to date details visit Henry Spencer’s website: www.henryspencermusic.com   
Russell.
Album trailer.
Henry Spencer (trumpet & flugelhorn), Nick Costley-White (guitar), Matt Robinson (piano, Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer & melotron), Andrew Robb (double bass) & David Ingamells (drums) + The Guastalla Quartet: John Garner (violin), Marie Shreer (violin), Agata Darashkaite (viola) & Sergio Serra (cello)   

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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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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