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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.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

CD Review: Rino van Hooijdonk Quintette - The Bijlmer Sessions

Rino van Hooijdonk (guitar, bass track 16); Daniel Weltlinger (violin); Joanna Gardner (violin, viola); Nick Sansome (rhythm guitar) & Niels Tausk (bass, trumpet track 16)
(Review by Russell) 
The Bijlmer Sessions was recorded in the living room of two of the musicians on guitarist Rino van Hooijdonk’s new album. Furthermore, the quintet used an old school Grundig TK 120 Deluxe reel-to-reel tape machine to try to capture the warmth of the once common analogue recording process. ‘Gypsy’ or ‘Hot Club’ jazz are terms usually applied to van Hooijdonk’s material, not least because of his love of Django Reinhardt’s famed Hot Club sound. Six of the album’s seventeen tracks were written by Reinhardt, Duke Ellington’s Black and Tan Fantasy adds lustre, and the unusual pairing of violin and viola in the band’s instrumentation introduces an extra dimension to familiar Hot Club tunes. 

Rino van Hooijdonk isn’t the kind to show off yet clearly has the technique to more than convince in a crowded twenty-first century Hot Club marketplace. Rhythm guitar sidekick Nick Sansome rarely steps out of the shadows of a Manouche caravan, his role is to anchor the quintet and he does just that. The violin-viola combination of Daniel Weltlinger and Joanna Gardner is particularly effective  when playing lines in unison at a slower tempo, although when the mood takes them (several string solos aren’t attributed) their solo contributions impress alongside van Hooijdonk’s consistently good guitar playing.     

Ernest Seitz’ The World is Waiting for the Sunrise and Django’s Stockholm set a standard early on with Weltlinger and Gardner ensuring Swing 41 does what the title suggests it should do…swing. A further helping of stomping Django – Stopcontrasts nicely with a measured take on Improvisation Sur Pathetique. What would Tchaikovsky have made of the Quintette du Hot Club de France?

Chinatown My Chinatown features a swift violin solo with Nick Sansome right where he should be – in the engine room stoking the Hot Club fires. One imagines Rino van Hooijdonk in concert is likely to be an undemonstrative sort, allowing the music to speak for itself. The Bijlmer Sessions is a fine recording, let’s hope Rino makes it to this part of the world (the north east of England) to play a few gigs.   
Russell                        


1 comment :

Anonymous said...

Sansone, not Sansome