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Jazz

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Tenement Jazz Band - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:30pm (doors). Free (donations).

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Wednesday, March 01, 2017

CD Review: Ralph Towner - My Foolish Heart

Ralph Towner (classical guitar/12 string guitar)
(Review by Lance).
It's never a bad idea to slot in a standard amongst a program of originals. It tells the prospective buyer about the player's mindset and, in My Foolish Heart, he chose wisely. A beautiful tune irrespective of who performs it but, the version by the Bill Evans Trio that inspired Towner is on a par with any instrumental and better than most.

Having said that, Towner's originals lose nothing by comparision. His gentle, probing style, is compelling and far removed from most things that come out of the ECM stable.
Many years ago I discovered Charlie Byrd's Blues For Night People and, until about ten minutes ago, that album was my favourite classical guitar jazz album. Maybe it still is but it's a close call and possibly, after a few listenings, this one could edge it.
The only downside and I doubt if everyone will see it as a downside, is a couple of numbers (Clarion Call & Biding Time) on the 12 stringer. To me, the 12 string isn't a jazz instrument. Great for folk and blues but I don't think it cuts it on an album where the emphasis is on the classical guitar. However, if we are having a couple of tracks on 12 string guitar then, I guess, Towner does it as good as anyone.
Delightful.
Lance.
Available now on ECM.

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