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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.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

CD Review: Josephine Davies – Satori

Josephine Davies (tenor & soprano saxophones), Dave Whitford (double bass) & Paul Clarvis (drums)
(Review by Russell).
Josephine Davies’ new album on Whirlwind Recordings is an improvising trio affair. Collaborators Dave Whitford and Paul Clarvis are old hands at this game and Davies playing tenor and soprano saxophones maintains interest throughout. Eight tracks with a total playing time of 54:30 provide a platform for Davies to stretch out and develop ideas, exhibiting equal facility on tenor and soprano.
Satori is a Japanese Buddhist term meaning, variously, ‘awakening’, ‘comprehension’ and ‘sudden enlightenment’ – online dictionaries do have their uses! Seek and thee shall find. Whatever Davies was – and possibly still is – looking for, this new CD on Michael Janisch’s label is a winner. On trio dates there is nowhere to hide and Davies certainly doesn’t hide her light under a bushel. Working with bassist Whitford and drummer Clarvis, Guildhall graduate Davies plays fluently throughout, as do her accomplished associates. Repetition largely, if not entirely, avoided is a triumph in itself and a mischievous sense of fun is never far from the surface, looming large on Paradoxy and Paradoxy Alternate Take in homage to Sonny Rollins.                 
Russell
Satori by Josephine Davies is available now on Whirlwind Recordings (4700). Recommended.

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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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