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Bebop Spoken There

Bob Dawbarn (review of Joe Harriott's LP 'Free Form'): "Both horns scream and roar away, Keane at times doing a pretty fair imitation of an elephant angry with its keeper." - (Melody Maker, December 16, 1961).

Steve Race: "The non-musician critic knows how music ought to sound. But he cannot possibly know how it feels to create it. He is in the position of the marriage guidance counsellor who has never been married." – (Jazz News, June 6th 1962).

Archives.

Today Thursday July 27

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., nr. Newcastle NE27 0DA. 1:oopm. Free.
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Tyne Valley Jazzmen - No 1 Champagne Bar, 1 Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL4 7 NJ 12:30pm. Free.
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Evening.
Strictly Smokin' Big Band - The Millstone, Haddricks Mill Rd., South Gosforth NE3 3DB. 7pm. Cancelled for pub refurbishment. Back August 31.
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Alter Ego - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5.
Jo Harrop & Paul Edis - The Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm
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Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter's Wheel, Sunniside NE16 5EE, 8:30pm. Free.
Ray Johnson & Richard Herdman - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling St., Gateshead NE2 2BA. 8pm. Free.
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Paul Skerritt Band - The Pennyweight, Bakehouse Hill, Darlington DL1 5QA. 9pm. Free.
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Tees Hot Club w. Kevin Eland (tpt); Donna Hewitt (alto); Graham Thompson (keys); Mark Hawkins (drums) - Dormans, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Free. 9pm.
Pocket Jazz Orchestra "Jazz & Tapas" - No 60, Arc, Dovecote St., Stockton TS18 1LL 7pm. £10.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.01642 678129.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Tom Rivière Family Band @ TESTT Space, Durham - July 11

Kim Macari (trumpet), Riley Stone-Lonergan (tenor saxophone), Tom Rivière (double bass) & Steve Hanley (drums)
(Review by Russell)
The Empty Shop’s satellite venue on North Road, Durham is a temporary affair as the bus station building is to be demolished in another major redevelopment in the city. Visual artists are tenants alongside other ‘creatives’ until such time as they’re given notice to quit. A makeshift performance space on the second floor (no stage, blacked-out windows) with a bottle bar and a warm welcome from Durham Brass Festival/Empty Shop staff, this the venue for Cutting Edge Brass.

Cutting Edge Brass presented Tom Rivière’s Family Band. The ‘cutting edge’ refers to the ‘new’, to the ‘contemporary’, to the ‘innovative’ or so it would seem. Do labels such as ‘cutting edge’ attract? Do they deter? Remove the label and what have we got? A quartet comprising of Leeds College of Music alumni, the musicians no longer live in one another’s student pockets, living miles apart and meeting up for rehearsals and gigs – gigs such as this Durham date. The late Ornette Coleman is a stated influence on the band, and, to the ears of your correspondent, John Coltrane equally so.

Tenor saxophonist Riley Stone-Lonergan’s big frame generates a big sound, and frontline partner, by comparison the physically diminutive trumpeter Kim Macari, plays fearlessly, not giving an inch. The guys in the shadows – bassist Tom Rivière and drummer Steve Hanley – make it possible for the horns to do their thing. A Stone-Lonergan original for openers, Macari’s Rashtam and Scorpi (a tale of a pet scorpion!) to follow, the Family Band was in the zone. Time and again RSL took a first solo, Macari replying. The in-the-pocket playing of Rivière and Hanley would have secured them a slew of gigs on the 1960s New York free jazz scene had they been around; metronomic, swinging, frequent change in tempi, all taken in their stride. Drummer Hanley is a composer; the quartet took a look at one of his new tunes – Mind Hoover. Hanley is a supremely talented musician/composer, Rivière, nominally the leader of the Family Band, as assured a performer as you’re likely to hear.

At some gigs you can sense you’re at the heart of it, you can hear it. The numbers preceding, the numbers following, this, the ‘in-the-moment’, is it. Impressions was the moment. Glorious playing, the reason one goes to a gig, file under ‘memorable moments’.             

TESTT Space will, perhaps, be gone this time next year when Durham Brass Festival is once more in full swing, but Durham’s Empty Shop is sure to find itself another quirky pop-up venue which will contribute to this big, bold, brasstastic event, Durham Brass Festival.

Russell.        

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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.
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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.)
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