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Today Saturday January 18

Afternoon

Jazz

Early Bird Band - Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SE. Tel: 0191 232 0192. 11:00am.

Evening

Adrian Cox Quartet - Watchtower Gallery, West End, Berwick TD15 2HE. 8:00pm. £10.00. Cox touring new CD ‘Now is Spring’.

Blues/Funk/Soul

Ray Stubbs R & B All-Stars - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Friday, January 12, 2018

CD Review: Ed Jones - For Your Ears Only

Ed Jones (tenor/soprano); Ross Stanley (piano); Riaan Vosloo (bass); Tim Giles (drums); Brigitte Beraha (vocal).
(Review by Lance).
Ed Jones first appeared on my radar with Killer Shrimp at the Corner House in May 2008. This was one of the earlier postings on BSH (Yes we're 10 years old this year - we should have a party!) and Jones, I quote, "Swung his ass off". He also played a significant part with Incognito for a number years (Incognito are back at Hoochie on Friday, January 19) and, on this album, his talents are, unlike some of his progressions, far from diminished.
Wayne Shorter is ever an inspiration but perhaps Brian Blain summed Ed Jones up to perfection when, on LondonJazzNews (one of the newer fellows), he posted '...all the swagger and sound of Rollins in his prime'.
Most of the compositions are by Jones. Vosloo has one and Beraha combines with Jones for Starbright which is dedicated to Shorter.  It's an ethereal, winsome ballad that captures the mood. 
Apart from the rip-roaring tenor and the probing soprano moments, by the leader, Stanley proves to be as powerful a pianist as he is an organist (it doesn't always follow), bass and drums do some kicking when the boot needs putting in, making this an album to check out and, if your local jazz club has a date to be filled they could look no further
There's a tour afoot that begins in April (apart from a gig on January 26 in The Crypt of St. Giles Church in Camberwell).
Unfortunately, this tour, so far, doesn't go further north than Scarborough, Leeds or Manchester. Once again Newcastle has missed out but, the CD will go a long way to making up for it and the above venues aren't too far away to hear it live.
Lance.

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