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Today Saturday January 18

Afternoon

Jazz

Early Bird Band - Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SE. Tel: 0191 232 0192. 11:00am.

Evening

Adrian Cox Quartet - Watchtower Gallery, West End, Berwick TD15 2HE. 8:00pm. £10.00. Cox touring new CD ‘Now is Spring’.

Blues/Funk/Soul

Ray Stubbs R & B All-Stars - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

CD Reviews: Frank Kohl Quartet – Rising Tide. Sandro Zerafa – More Light.

(Reviews by Steve T)
Rising Tide
Frank Kohl (guitar), Steve LaSpina (bass), Tommy Kohl (piano), Jon Doty (drums).
This is Kohl’s fourth album, the first being in 1981. He's a native of New York, where these sessions come from, but is generally based in Seattle. From the Beatles in the sixties his training and tastes progressed through Clapton, Hendrix and the blues to Wes Montgomery with Jimmy Smith, Pat Martino and Jim Hall, but it was seeing Tony Williams' Lifetime with Larry Young and John McLaughlin that made him realise anything was possible in Jazz.
Kohl studied at Berklee during its guitar golden age, while Schofield and Metheny were still students.
The album features eight tracks, including five originals, a live version of Rodgers and Hart’s My Romance and two by Victor Young, including a solo guitar piece to close the album.
Nothing much else to say except the songs are fine and the playing is excellent and the notes claim that  smooth exteriors and genuinely emotional interiors make for a difficult balance and listeners will decide whether he pulls this off. I think he probably does but my heckles don't automatically burst through my clothes when I read the 'S' word.
More Light
Sandro Zerafa (guitar), Yonathan Avishai (piano), Yoni Zelnik (bass), Lukmil Perez-Herrera (drums), David Prez (tenor sax).
Also a fourth album, Zerafa’s a native of Malta but now in Paris and he's absorbed Wes Montgomery, Jim Hall, Grant Green and Peter Bernstein. It's a multi-national band from Israel, Cuba and France and there's a slight, subtle Brazilian flavour running through for the many people this appeals to nowadays.
The album features nine originals with added bonus of sax on three of them, which elevates it above the Kohl album but, without which I doubt I could separate them in a blindfold test.
The songs are fine and the playing is excellent and the notes claim a certain contemporary cool, far removed from frenzy and fury, but to these ears it may have benefitted from a little F and F.   
Lance, I gather, was impressed by Zerafa’s previous album
A Future of Music.
We often speculate whether music will stand up to repeated listening, but maybe we're approaching it all wrong.
Go back a generation and most people watched films once but played albums incessantly until the fillers made as much sense as the hits. Go back another and most people only knew the hits.
Nowadays it's common for people to watch films over and over again so maybe it's okay to listen to albums a couple of times, maybe pull of a couple of key tracks or come back to it in the future, and then move on to the next album, while retaining the genuinely great albums.
Steve T.

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