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Giovanni Guidi: "So many jazz albums today are all original compositions, and five minutes after the record is finished, you can't remember a single song. I think it's a problem." - (JazzTimes Oct. 2019).

Archive

Daily: July 6 - October 27

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden - Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead Quays, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3BA. Tel: 0191 478 1810. Screenings at intervals during the day. Part of Akomfrah's exhibition Ballasts of Memory. Exhibition (daily) July 6 - October 27. 10:00am-6:00pm. Free.

Friday October 18

Afternoon

Jazz

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden (see above).

Classic Swing - Jesmond Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond Avenue, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 3EX. Tel: 0191 281 0736. 1:00pm. Free.

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening.

Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things - Forum Cinema, Market Place, Hexham NE46 1XF. Tel: 01434 601144. 7:00pm. £8.30. - £5.80. Film (2019, 89 mins) directed by Leslie Woodhead. Swing Bridge Trio in Café Bar following screening.

Dave O’Higgins & Colin Oxley - Great Broughton Village Hall, Ingleby Road, Great Broughton TS9 7ER. 7:30pm. £20.00. ‘O’Higgins & Oxley Play Monk & ‘Trane’. Oxley replaces Rob Luft.

Paul Taylor - Ushaw College, Durham DH7 7DW. Tel: 0191 334 5119. 7:30pm. Free (donations). An Ushaw Piano Festival event.

Jazz Lads - Saltburn Cricket Club, Marske Mill Lane, Saltburn TS12 1HJ. Tel: 01287 622761. 8:00pm. £5.00.

Guisborough Big Band - Saltburn Golf Club, Guisborough Road, Saltburn TS12 1NJ. Tel: 01287 622812. Time TBC.

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. Tel: 0191 227 5500. Time 8:30pm. Screening of Stanley Nelson's documentary film (2019, cert. 15, 1hr 55mins).

Blues/Soul etc.

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

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

Saturday, January 27, 2018

CD Review: Leslie Pintchik - You Eat My Food, You Drink My Wine, You Steal My Girl!

Leslie Pintchik (pno/composer) Steve Wilson (alto) Ron Horton (tpt & flugel) Shoko Nagai (accordion) Scott Hardy (basses & guitars) Michael Sarin (dms) Satoshi Takeishi (percussion)
(Review by Dave Brownlow.)
This is Leslie Pintchik’s sixth album where she leads her piano/bass/drums trio augmented on some tracks either by trumpet and alto, accordion, guitar or percussion. Leslie is a prolific composer and the CD includes six of her original pieces together with two well-known standards. She plays piano in a calm, unhurried, thoughtful style with warmth, wit and drive veering emotionally from the poignant to the playful in depth
The title track You Eat My Food, You Drink My Wine, You Steal My Girl!  (What a great title!) has an infectious melody over a lively samba/funk/blues groove and features enthusiastic solos from piano, guitar (presumably through multi-tracking) and alto.
The first of two standards, I’m Glad There Is You by Jimmy Dorsey and Paul Madeira is played as a gentle bolero by the trio with clearly-developed solos from the piano and bass. The second, Smoke Gets In Your Eyes from Jerome Kern and Otto Harbach, is played in a samba rhythm just by the trio. The well-crafted piano and bass solos lead to a conclusion where the players work hard to achieve a final result.
The haunting ballad, Mortal was written to “express a sense of life’s fragility and especially shortness” and features sensitive one-chorus solos from piano, alto, trumpet and bass - a poignant effort from the whole group.
Another quirkily named original - Your Call Will Be Answered by Our Next Available Representative in the Order in Which It Was Received. Please Stay On The Line. Your Call Is Important To Us (the longest track-title I’ve ever come across!) - has Leslie and the trio humorously engaged in something which symbolises all our frustrations when we’re trapped in similar phone calls with blood-pressure rising! Full of stops and starts, the tune swings along with strong drive from the rhythm team – the bass solo is also particularly nimble and ear catching.
Hopperesque, inspired by the iconic artist Edward Hopper, features the keening sound of Shoko Nagai’s accordion in an evocative minor-keyed outing which fuels the “feeling of mystery”. Happy Dog has the accordion again and percussion of Takeishi to the fore in a cheerful piece played in a samba-based rhythm rollicking along with playful solos from the piano, guitar-like bass and chattering percussion. Finally, A Simpler Time has a lovely melody which could easily have come from the pen of Bill Evans or Fred Hersch in its construction. Leslie makes the piano “sing” in this performance with her graceful touch at the keyboard.
Overall, a simpatico album which grows on you after repeated listening and which further extends the career of this most musical artist in her quest for originality and beauty.
Dave. 

Available on Pintchard CD-004 from 23rd February 2018 at  www.lesliepintchik.com

2 comments :

Lance said...

Seems the album and the tune's title came from an exchange she overheard whilst crossing Canal Street and West Broadway in the SoHo section of Manhattan. One of those "only in New York" moments!

IR Cargill (on F.b) said...

That's life!!!

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
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