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George Shearing: "Speaking about Johann Sebastian Bach I think he'd be a real jazzer if he were alive today. I mean any man who has two wives, twenty kids, gets kicked out of the church for being too harmonically radical and drinks beer can't be all wrong can he?" - (Crescendo March 1984.)

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Today Thursday December 12

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 12:00pm. Free.

Note earlier time for this week only!

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Evening

Jazz

Hot Club du Nord - Lubetkin Theatre, East Durham College, Willerby Drive, Peterlee SR8 2RN. Tel: 0191 518 2000. 7:00pm. £10.00. (£5.00. under 18s). 'Jazz at the Lubetkin'.

Gala Big Band - Gala Theatre & Cinema, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. Tel: 03000 266 600. 7:30pm. £10.00. (£8.00. concs.). ‘Gala Big Band Does Christmas’.

Durham University Big Band - Dunelm House, New Elvet, Durham DH1 3AN. Tel: 0191 334 1777. Free. 7:30pm. ‘Jazzy Christmas’.

Indigo Jazz Voices - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00. (£2.00. student).

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

Tees Hot Club w. Gus Smith (vocals); Dave Stansfield (tenor sax); Ted Pearce (keys) - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Blues/Soul/Funk/Etc.

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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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