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Nate Smith: "Record labels, booking agents, management, still can't imagine the drummer as bandleader" - (DownBeat January 2019).

Today Thursday December 13

Afternoon

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

Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society - Gateshead Central Library, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead NE8 4LN. 5:00pm. Fortnightly meeting.

Evening

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Holywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. 8:30pm. Free. Sitters in welcome!

Paul Skerritt - Hadrian’s Tipi, Keel Square, Sunderland SR1 3DZ. 6:00pm. Free.

Indigo Jazz Voices - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.

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

Tees Hot Club w. Mark Toomey, Kevin Eland, Bruce Taylor - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free. Christmas Party night.

Lambton Big Band - South Causey Inn, Beamish Burn Road, Stanley DH9 0LS. Tel: 01207 235555. 7:30pm (doors 6:00pm). £15.00.

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

Friday, March 30, 2018

The Dominic J Marshall Trio @ The Globe – March 29

Dominic J Marshall (keys, electronics, vocals, introductions); Glenn Gaddum Junior (bass guitar); Jamie Peet (drums).
(Review by Ann Alex/photo courtesy of Ken Drew)
This was a joint venture put on by the Jazz Co-op and Jazz North East, and it was great to see fans from both camps enjoying the music. Not your usual jazz trio with standard tunes and solos, but groove-based pieces, with influences from pop, soul, and hip-hop, and each musician playing a full part in the proceedings, although Dominic J Marshall was the undoubted trio leader. He also sang on some numbers, groove-based lines in a rather deadpan voice, not exactly tunes, but rather lines of notes, which suited the style. The pieces were all originals, but I didn’t catch the names of all the tunes.

The first tune was quite typical, an ensemble start with the drummer very much an equal player, groovy sections of music, slowing down at the turnaround of each section, a break for the drummer to perform, more ensemble led by keys, a bass break, drums and keys in rhythm, then a sudden end, just when you thought it would continue. Then came Mean To Me, partly sung, call and response with the singer, keys sounding organ-like, then bell-like. Next came Basle Old Town (?) which would have been a good cinema soundtrack, a landscape of sound, mixed, random, and a strong keys tune gradually emerges, with varied key sounds, piano, sweet, organ-like, ending with an American voice-over, although I couldn’t make out the words.  Storyline included singing ‘want to carry you all the way home’, and the last tune before half-time gave us a richly flowing piano.

After the halftime raffle, (2 CD’s were won by 2 lucky people) we had a love song Two Lives In One, ‘when you don’t know what to do, do what you’re destined to do’; then SP3, which was a remix of a computer game tune from Marshalls’ childhood, lots of spaceship sounds, whirrs from the keys, and deep tones. Then came a riff-driven song, Elephant Man, from the last album, with elephantish tones and jungle noises, winding down to a quiet ending. The final number was Hypernormalised, with conversational singing to a constant background of drums and bass. During this number, a mobile ringtone went off in the seat behind, which fitted quite well with the music, and it occurred to me that this was another musical influence used by the band, which is one of the aspects of the music which provides a very modern feel.
Another enjoyable evening of unusual jazz.

Ann Alex

1 comment :

Lance said...

Sorry I missed this one but I was off colour and had to settle for an early night. I recall reviewing one of Dominic's albums a few years back - Spirit Speech - which I enjoyed very much and I looked forward to hearing him live.

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