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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.

Monday, June 04, 2018

CD Review: Danny Green Trio Plus Strings - One Day It Will

Danny Green (pno), Justin Grinnell (bass), Julien Cantelm (drums), Kate Hatmaker (violin), Igor Pandurski (violin), Travis Maril (viola), Erica Erenyi (cello).
(Review by Dave Brownlow.)
San Diego based pianist/composer Danny Green, with his fifth album, leads his Trio and a String Quartet from the San Diego Symphony Orchestra through an attractive programme of original chamber jazz.
At times, the strings provide background figures and harmonies much as a conventional sax section might do in a jazz orchestra and, at others, interject their own strong segments further developing the compositions.
Green’s original inspiration came from the ground-breaking 1966 project/album “The Bill Evans Trio with Symphony Orchestra” but other more recent material, notably from Herbie Hancock, has also provided ideas. Green has a lovely ‘touch’ at the keyboard and all of the musicians are more than competent.
Time Lapse to Fall is a lively, cheerful piece built on a simple repeated phrase using a major to minor key which represents the seasonal movement from Summer to Fall with the vigour of a summer’s day leading to cascades of falling leaves.
As the Parrot Flies opens with pizzicato strings and a cleverly constructed ascending, chordal-based melody. The Trio then play collectively in an Evans/LaFaro/Motian style in a pleasing phase including glittering right-hand flourishes from Green leading to the concluding theme with strings fully integrated.
The title track, One Day It Will, is played in a gentle, ruminative style, drifting along in a pastoral way. View from the Sky flows elegantly – the chord sequence seems familiar – it’s probably drawn from classical sources.
Lemon Avenue, a waltz, includes ‘singing’ piano lines, delightful string writing, a lively bass solo and a generally wistful vibe.
November Reveries; a chord sequence with many twists and turns – effective in its own way - echoing some of the writing in Charlie Parker’s ‘Bird With Strings’ band.
Sifting Through the Silence is a thoughtful ballad, chordally strong that meanders along. Again the string playing, which is more than compatible, enhances the track.
In October Ballad, the minor-keyed theme and variations are a little ‘Chopinesque’ to this listener. A graceful tempo with subtle string contributions adding to this mood.
A Snowy Day In Boston seems like the second movement of a suite in the same minor key as the previous track, where flurries of snow dance in a graceful ‘gavotte’ as the band hurries through the song…
Finally the closer, Down and Out, is in a restrained, bluesy, boogaloo tempo. The piano solo winds its way through energetic string background figures leading to a vigorous bass solo and a final reprise of the theme.
Overall, a thoughtful CD, the result of much hard work from many, where “the intriguing possibilities of integrating classical harmony and form into the jazz context” have been successful.
Dave
Available now on OA2 Records – OA2 22154 from http/dannygreen.net

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