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Paul Edis: "One of the regulers at The Gala today called me a 'turncoat' and another a 'deserter' - that's a very northern way of displaying affection in response to the news that I'm leaving the area. 'They're vicious down there mind you'. " - (Twitter January24, 2020)

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Today Saturday January 25

Afternoon

Jazz

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Hammer & Pincers, Preston Lane, Preston-le-Skerne, Newton Aycliffe DL5 6JH. Tel: 01325 314873. 1:00pm. £2.00.

Evening

Shirt Tail Stompers - Durham Town Hall, Durham DH1 3NJ. 7:30-11:15pm. £25.00. (£20.00. adv.). DJam 2020: Lindy Hop Festival ‘Masquerade Ball’. Line-up inc. Michael McQuaid (reeds), Nick Ball (drums). A Lindy Jazz event.

Blues/Funk/Soul

Broken Levee + John Carroll - Saltburn Cricket Club, Marske Mill Lane, Saltburn TS12 1HJ. 7:30pm (doors). £10.00. Info & tickets: 07960 935263. Saltburn Blues Club.

Ojay - Outstanding Art, North Road, Durham DH1 4SQ. Tel: 0191 649 0553. 8:00pm. Free. Electric bassist Ojay.

Raggy Ass Boys - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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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