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George Shearing: "Speaking about Johann Sebastian Bach I think he'd be a real jazzer if he were alive today. I mean any man who has two wives, twenty kids, gets kicked out of the church for being too harmonically radical and drinks beer can't be all wrong can he?" - (Crescendo March 1984.)

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Today Thursday December 12

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 12:00pm. Free.

Note earlier time for this week only!

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Evening

Jazz

Hot Club du Nord - Lubetkin Theatre, East Durham College, Willerby Drive, Peterlee SR8 2RN. Tel: 0191 518 2000. 7:00pm. £10.00. (£5.00. under 18s). 'Jazz at the Lubetkin'.

Gala Big Band - Gala Theatre & Cinema, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. Tel: 03000 266 600. 7:30pm. £10.00. (£8.00. concs.). ‘Gala Big Band Does Christmas’.

Durham University Big Band - Dunelm House, New Elvet, Durham DH1 3AN. Tel: 0191 334 1777. Free. 7:30pm. ‘Jazzy Christmas’.

Indigo Jazz Voices - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00. (£2.00. student).

Maine Street Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Hollywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:30pm. Free.

Tees Hot Club w. Gus Smith (vocals); Dave Stansfield (tenor sax); Ted Pearce (keys) - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm. £2.50.

Blues/Soul/Funk/Etc.

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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

CD Review: Jane Ira Bloom - Wild Lines: Improvising Emily Dickinson

Jane Ira Bloom (soprano sax); Dawn Clement (piano); Mark Helias (bass); Bobby Previte (drums); Deborah Rush (voice).
(Review by Lance).
Wild nights - Wild nights! 
Were I with thee 
Wild nights should be 
Our luxury! 

Futile - the winds - 
To a Heart in port - 
Done with the Compass - 
Done with the Chart! 

Rowing in Eden - 
Ah - the Sea! 
Might I but moor - tonight - 
In thee! 
Back in 2010 - 2010! was it really that long ago? Andy Champion's ACV recorded an excellent album (Fail in Wood) the title track based on a poem by Emily Dickinson. Now, Jane Ira Bloom has recorded a double album dedicated to the works of the legendary American poet who died in 1886 bequeathing to the world a legacy of poetic lyricism. To the best of my knowledge, there have been no other jazz portraits of this most enigmatic of literary ladies.
Wild Lines, inspired by the above stanzas, has the first disc instrumental and the second comprising the same compositions but with Deborah Rush adding, to a greater or lesser degree, Dickinson's words.
The words don't take away the impact of the music and neither does the music detract from the words. Truth is they complement each other beautifully.
Bloom displays the lyricism and the agility on soprano that rubber stamps her recent Down Beat Critic's Poll success.
Clement is equally effective on piano and the rhythm section's sound as a pound (actually a whole lot sounder than a pound!) Cornets of Paradise is probably the funkiest number with some parade style drumming and the common denominator between the earlier AVC album, Fail in Wood and this one  is that the title of that poem here is Other Eyes.
There are also a few electronic things going on but they don't do any harm.
To finish off, a solo version of It's Easy to Remember has nothing to do with Emily Dickinson but it's beautiful and totally appropriate
The double album is currently available on Outline.
Well worth checking out.
Lance.
PS: If you are at an Andy Champion gig check to see if he has any copies of Fail in Wood in the garage!

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