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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.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

CD Review: In Common: Walter Smith lll & Matthew Stevens

Walter Smith lll (tenor); Matthew Stevens (guitar); Joel Ross (vibes); Harish Raghavan (bass); Marcus Gilmore (drums)
(Review by Lance).
Another Whirlwind winner. Subtle, cool and laid back, this bucks the trend for the frenetic, atonal (to be polite about it) offerings that sometimes land on the doormat. Walter Smith is one of the more restrained of the current crop of contemporary tenor players. His dry, yet not unemotional sound, brings to mind Warne Marsh. Gentle explorations executed without bravura but with no lack of technique.
In Matthew Stevens, Smith has the perfect running mate - it's no accident that they adopted the moniker In Common such is the empathy displayed
Simplicity is the foundation on which their complex improvisations are built. Less is more may well be the motto but that goes out of the window when they are in full flight. On vibes, Ross proves himself to be no mean soloist either slotting in effortlessly with the two 'guvners' and filling in the spaces that may otherwise have been occupied by a piano. Bass and drums contribute equally making this a totally level playing field.
With the exception of the late Geri Allen's Unconditional Love - performed in a manner that equates with the title - the material is all original although not credited to either individual so maybe they were joint efforts.
Lance
Available October 19 on Whirlwind WR4728. 

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