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Anat Cohen: "With the tenor, it's so iconic with jazz. With the clarinet, I can improvise, but it doesn't have to be called jazz." - (DownBeat July 2019)

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Today Wednesday June 19

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Alexys de Alfaro & Julija Jacenaite - Jazz Café, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 261 5618. 2:00pm. Free. Café Mezzanine (first floor, access via crafts shop).

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.00.

Blues

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Saturday, May 05, 2018

CD Review: The Brubeck Brothers - Timeline

Chris Brubeck (bass guitar/ bass trombone); Dan Brubeck (drums); Mike DeMicco  (guitar); Chuck Lamb (piano)
(Review by Lance).
I've long been a Brubeck fan, albeit not a hero-worshipper oblivious to his sometimes heavy-handed approach, but one who appreciated his sincerity, his compositional qualities and (most of the time) his piano playing. Brubeck's innovative use of unusual time signatures brought a new dimension to modern jazz that only now is being brought into the jazz mainstream.
Given this background, it isn't surprising that his family are continuing to keep his legacy alive whilst contributing some of their own. Apart from Chris and Dan, featured here, there is also pianist Darius Brubeck and cellist Matthew.

Seven of the eleven tracks are compositions by Brubeck père although probably, only the opening Blue Rondo à la Turk will be familiar to the nonaficionado. Far More Blue; Easy as You Go; Since Love Had its Way; Tritonis; The Golden Horn and Thank You may be lesser known but are no less appealing and, in many ways, because they are less gimmicky, of greater lasting value.
Easy has some mellow trombone from Chris who really blows 'dirty' on Lamb's Prime Directive. Thank You was inspired by Dave Brubeck's visit to Chopin's house in Poland. Anyone who watched last night's screening of the documentary, The Jazz Ambassadors, on BBC4 will recall that after Dave had played it at a concert, the Polish audience were stunned into silence for a full minute before erupting with rapturous applause. Lamb, on the 60th anniversary of that tour by the boy's dad, does that memory proud and Chopin too would surely have appreciated (I hope) the trombone playing over a bossa nova rhythm in 5/4!
Chris Brubeck, Lamb (2) and DeMicco provide the other four compositions. Each one in keeping with the tradition.
I heard Dan and Chris (and Darius) at Sage Gateshead a few years back with Dave O'Higgins taking the Paul Desmond role (on tenor) and I was a little hesitant when I noted there was no sax player on this album. My worries were unfounded, DeMicco's guitar solos and Chris' rich toned trombone provide the lyricism that Desmond did back in the day. 
Timeline is a fine album - Dave would have been proud of his offspring and maybe even more so when he discovered that yesterday, America celebrated Dave Brubeck Day (May 5/4!)
Available on Blue Forest Records.

Lance

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