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Curtis Stigers: “I’m a jazz singer. I’m not a saxophonist. When I stand in front of a band like the Danish Radio Big Band or Ronnie Scott’s, I usually tend to leave the instrument on the stand.” – (The Northern Echo 20 July 2017)

Tamsin Austin, Director of Performance Programme, Sage Gateshead: “SummerTyne is our largest festival and we absolutely love it!” – (The Northern Echo 20 July 2017)

Today Friday July 21

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
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SummerTyne Americana Festival 2017 - Sage Gateshead. Day 0ne of three. Details. From 12 noon all day.
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Ruth Lambert Quartet - The Lit & Phil, 23 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SE. 1pm. £5.
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Alice Grace Trio - Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Belinda Voshtina & James Harrison - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm. Free.
Washboard Resonators - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Samuel Eagles' Spirit @ The Globe - June 13


Samuel Eagles (alto); Duncan Eagles (tenor); Ralph Wyld (vibes); Sam Leak (piano); Max Luthert (bass); Dave Hamblett (drums).
(Review/photo by Lance/B & W photos courtesy of Ken Drew).
The Eagles eventually landed - a flat tyre en route delayed their arrival. However, another bird, Wylam Breweries' Red Kite kept our Spirits high until at last the band was up and flying.
As you will gather from my recent review of their new CD it's a very impressive album indeed and all the plaudits posted then apply now. However, there is a difference. Even if you have the best Bose sound system in the world, it pales against hearing the participants live - even after a seven hour, incident-packed drive!
Eagles, the younger, composed all 8 pieces and had the lion's share of the solos. A full-toned, angular player, he soared effortlessly through the changes. Well, he would do, wouldn't he? He wrote them himself! Big brother Duncan had fewer solos but when he did, he seized the moment. Perhaps a more contemporary player than Samuel (the jury's out on that one) he also contributed to the rich ensembles. Sometimes in unison, more often in harmony and frequently in a contrapuntal almost fugue-like fashion. This was no mere 'blowing band'.
Wyld is rapidly becoming one of the UK's leading vibes players and neither he nor pianist Leak got in each other's way. Luthert and Hamblett were solid at the back with Hamblett having several chances to shine.
He shone.
Luthert set his stall out in the introduction to the enigmatically titled Changed, Changing Still. An engine room operative first class.
Great solos from all, but the cream in the coffee is the compositions and the arrangements. Beautifully set out with the tension building almost imperceptibly until suddenly, the clouds are beneath you.
Difficult to pick out any one piece but my own favourite was Hope in the Hills. I felt this had a highland feel to it and imagined it was inspired by a gig in Scotland. Picture my surprise when Samuel told us it was about a gig in Italy! It didn't detract from my enjoyment of the music.
A gig, like the CD, to remember and reflect upon.
Lance.
More Ken Drew photos.

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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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