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Postage

13,508 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 926 of them this year alone and, so far, 90 this month (July 27).

From This Moment On

Thu 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone North Tyneside. 1:00pm.

Thu 29: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.

Sat 31: Lindsay Hannon @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Lindsay previews new, original material.

Sat 31: jakTar + Johnny Richards @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 8:00pm. JNE promotion.

August

Sun 01: Vieux Carre Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.

Sun 01: Jeffrey Hewer Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Leeds College of Music graduate guitarist (Masters, Jazz Performance & Composition).

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

CD Review: The Classic Jazz Masters – Jazz Roots: The Sound of New Orleans

Bob Wade (trumpet & clarinet), Roy Borrows (clarinet, alto saxophone & vocals), Zbigniew ‘Speedy’ Kobak (trombone), Sasha Sonnbichler (banjo & guitar), Cecil Ferreira (string bass) & Steven Wade (drums)
(Review by Russell).
The Classic Jazz Masters formed in 1988 to play the music of ‘the classic jazz masters’. Founding members Bob Wade and David Mills took up tv news presenter Kathy Fitch’s suggestion of calling the band after the ‘classic jazz masters’ of the 1910s, 20s and 30s. Stan Jones, one-time pianist in Johnny Dankworth’s band, was in the original line-up, and the band went on to record several CDs with varying personnel. Jazz Roots: the Sound of New Orleans is comprised of fourteen tracks and most of them are more than familiar including All of Me, Muskrat Ramble and Wabash Blues.

Jazz Roots: the Sound of New Orleans features two surviving members of the original septet – Bob Wade and Roy Burrows. Down the years some members of the band left, retired or joined the great jazz club in the sky. The album’s notes do not give recording dates, but a guess at the release date would place it at about 2010 or shortly after. Numbers by the likes of Jelly Roll Morton, Kid Ory and Duke Ellington give an indication of the band’s roots, titles are familiar, and, importantly, the sextet plays with enthusiasm and expertise. Basin Street, Morton’s Billy Goat Stomp and three from Duke – Caravan, East St Louis Toodle-Oo, and Creole Love Call – present the Classic Jazz Masters as a cohesive unit with all concerned stepping up to the soloist’s plate. From the early 1920s to the mid-30s, a swing element lies just beneath the surface of the band’s affectionate take on Crescent City jazz.  

Christopher Columbus swings, as does Jimmy Rushing’s Sent for You Yesterday and Here You Come Today, the latter featuring the fine, relaxed trombone playing of Zbigniew ‘Speedy’ Kobak and the excellent guitar playing of Sasha Sonnbichler. Clarinetist Roy Burrows, recently in the north east of England on a busman’s holiday from his home in South Africa, features throughout with concise and fluent solos, and frontline partner, trumpeter Bob Wade, can be heard with his trademark plunger blasts frequently igniting proceedings.         
            
Fourteen tracks, with a total playing time approaching 69 minutes, Jazz Roots: The Sound of New Orleans is worth tracking down. Trumpeter Bob Wade is the man to speak to, and if you happen to be in the north east of England get along to one of Classic Swing’s three current residencies (see Bebop Spoken Here’s gig guide) and meet the band leader – Mr Bob Wade.
Russell                 

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