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Today Saturday June 15

Afternoon

Jazz

Tyne Valley Big Band - Tynedale Beer & Cider Festival, Tynedale Rugby Club, Station Road, Corbridge NE45 5AY. 2:30pm. £12.00. Festival open noon ‘til 11:00pm.

Evening

No Fox Given - Cobalt Studios, Boyd Street, Newcastle NE2 1AP. 7:00pm. £7.00. (£6.00. adv.). Newcastle University tenor saxophonist Sam Fox's quartet plus guests.

Blues/Funk/Soul

Teresa Watson Band - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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Sunday, January 07, 2018

CD Review: Birkett & Fisk Play Venuti & Lang

Emma Fisk (violin); James Birkett (guitar)
(Review by Lance).
In the beginning, God made Eddie and Joe who begat Stephane and Django who begat Emma and James...
Emma and James are well known and respected on the Hot Club circuit through their work with bands such as Djangologie and Emma's own Hot Club du Nord. James and his protege Bradley Johnston are the hottest jazz guitar duo around whilst Emma is invariably featured (amongst other things) at the Whitley Bay Classic Jazz Party in tribute sessions to other jazz violin legends.
Here, Emma and James go back to the roots of early jazz stringsters and remind us how innovative Venuti and Lang were and how they [Emma and James] don't fall short in that department either.
Venuti was renowned for being a prankster and some of the titles reflect that: Black and Blue Botton; Kickin' The Cat and Cheese and Crackers have that zany feel about them although the playing is far from zany. Paradoxically, Sunshine has quite a melancholy mood. However, you want melancholy? Listen to James' Eddie's Lament. Both players tug at the heartstrings without sounding maudlin.
Raggin' the Scale is the piece I know best having had the original on a '78' for about a thousand years. Listening to it now, I wonder if this maybe pre-dated Kind of Blue...?
Both players swing, complementing each other in solo and support. James plays all the right chords in all the right places with a few inversions of his own that would surely have got the nod from Eddie himself.
Emma displays a fluency many a horn player would envy - not to mention other fiddle players.
Highly recommended,
Listen/buy.
Lance.

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