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Today Thursday June 20

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Jazz Orchestra - Arc, Dovecot St., Stockton on Tees TS18 1LL. Tel: 01642 525199. 7:00pm. £12.00. + £0.10. bf. ‘Jazz & Tapas’ - booking essential.

Ruth Lambert Quartet - St James' & St Basil's Church, Fenham Hall Drive, Fenham, Newcastle NE4 9EJ. 7:30pm. £8.00.

Heller-Glendinning: Billie Meets Kurt - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm (doors). £6.00. (£3.00. student).

Acoustic Infusion - The Forum, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG. Tel: 01325 363135. 7:30pm. £5.00. Line-up: Alan Thompson (tenor sax); Rick Laughlin (piano); Bruce Rollo (double bass); Ian Halford (drums). Now Abbie Finn on drums.

Durham University Concert Band + Grollingwood Big Band - Durham Town Hall, Market Place, Durham DH1 3NJ. 7:30pm. £10.00., £9.00., £8.00.

Durham University Big Band - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. £6.00. (£5.00 concs.). JNE.

Tees Hot Club w. Gus Smith (vocals); Donna Hewitt (tenor sax), Dave Archbold (keys) - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free.

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

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

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

Sunday, March 04, 2018

CD Review: Bobo Stenson Trio - Contra La Indecision

Bobo Stenson (piano); Anders Jormin (bass); Jon Fält (drums).
(Review by Lance)
Piano trios are very much to the fore these days - just about every other CD that drops through the letterbox seems to be a piano, bass and drums unit albeit not an 'easy listening' combo although, in truth, the Swedish Bobo Stenson Trio is easy to listen to.
This, despite being recorded on the always challenging ECM label and featuring music by Bartok, and Satie alongside originals by Jorman, Stenson, Fält and others, the listener's comfort zone is rarely breached.

The trio's take on Satie's sombre Elegié has an underlying swing to it that still manages to retain the pathos of the original.
Delicate, searching, piano by Stenson, sound harmonic content from Jormin - whether pizzicato or arco the double bassist provides an equally important voice to the affair. Drummer Fält is subtle and unobtrusive. No crash, bang, wallop merchant he but a sensitive soul who is felt as much as he is heard. The exception to this is in his intro to Jormin's Hemingway Intonations where Fält produces some bell sounds (For Whom the Bell Tolls?)
Not quite the easy listen it first appeared to be, in fact quite demanding at times but, in the end, well worth the effort.
Lance.
Available on ECM 2582 5786976.

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