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Saturday 15: Anth Purdy - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm. Free (donations). Purdy’s solo ‘Swing Jazz Guitar’ show. Limited capacity.

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

CD Review: Courtney Pine - Black Notes From The Deep

Courtney Pine (tenor/bass flute/EWI); Omar (vocal); Robert Mitchell (piano ); Alec Dankworth (bass); Rod Youngs (drums) + Ed Bentley (organ - 1 tk); Chris Cobbson (guitar - 1 tk); Charleen Hamilton (backing vocals),
(Review by Lance).
Kill the fattened calf, the prodigal son has returned! Yes, after ten years in the wilderness squandering his talents on soprano saxophones and bass clarinets, Courtney has returned to his first love, the tenor saxophone. Let jazz fans rejoice and spread the word across the land - Courtney's back and blowing better than ever. Perhaps the bass clarinet years were a form of sabbatical where he sought to rediscover his inner soul before coming to the conclusion that it was time to not just get back into the race, but to win it.
Soulful tenor, tender at times, full of emotion but, when the going gets tough, he's as tough as any tenor ever. Tremendous playing - a bass clarinet just can't handle this much heat even though CP coped with it better than most. Bass flute is more to my ears and, On a Change is Sure to Come, it fits the mood to perfection.
You'll gather that I'm impressed! However, don't go away thinking this is all about the tenor saxophone. No sir! Four tracks feature vocals by Omar. At the recent Sage Gateshead concert Russell, like Stevie Wonder before him, was particularly impressed by the soul singer - You and Stevie Wonder, Russell - On the strength of this album, me too!
Robert Mitchell has never made a bad record in his life (if he has then I haven't heard it) and I doubt if Courtney could have found anyone more compatible. Dankworth and Youngs do what's asked as they always do. Special mention also for Cobbson's guitar solo on The Morning After the Night Before.
I initially viewed the album with some trepidation which, by this time, you'll have gathered turned out to be totally unfounded. So much so, I can't wait to play it again even though I've got a double CD by Cécile McLorin Salvant waiting in the wings!
Lance.

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