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Daily: July 6 - October 27

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden - Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead Quays, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3BA. Tel: 0191 478 1810. Screenings at intervals during the day. part of Akomfrah's exhibition Ballasts of Memory. Exhibition (daily) July 6 - October 27. 10:00am-6:00pm. Free.

Until July 21

Today Monday July 15

Afternoon

Jazz

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden (See above).

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Evening

Mnozil Brass: Cirque - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. Tel: 0300 266 600. 7:30pm. £23.00. (£19.00. concs.). A Durham Brass Festival event.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

CD Review: Rachel Caswell - We’re All In The Dance

Rachel Caswell (vocals); Sara Caswell (violin tracks 1,3,5); Dave Stryker (guitar, arrangements); Fabian Almazan (piano, Fender Rhodes); Linda May Han Oh (bass); Johnathan Blake (drums).
(Review by Ann Alex)

Rachel Caswell comes from a musical Indiana family. At 13, she had begun to play jazz piano and cello, and, encouraged by a family friend, to sing scat and bebop. In 2015, she gave up her day job to concentrate on music, and this is her second album. We’re All In The Dance consists of re-imagined standards plus Sting’s Fragile. This is a very enjoyable CD which includes stellar instrumental playing with lots of solos.
The vocals are pleasing, though I would have liked a bit less scatting, but perhaps that is my preference rather than an objective opinion. I’m not a great one for scat unless it is exceptionally good and comes across as an integral part of the song.

The songs are: Fragile; A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening; We’re All In The Dance; Devil May Care; Two For The Road; Drown In My Own Tears; I Didn’t Know What Time It Was; Tell Me A Bedtime Story; Dexterity: Reflections (Looking Back)

Fragile has a very suitable, haunting violin solo and sung wordplay to round off the piece, which works better than scat; A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening is a romantic swinger; Devil May Care is one of the best tracks, sung freely at first, lots of effective cymbal work from the drums, and a bass solo with just odd notes from the other instruments; Drown In My Own Tears is slow and bluesy; I Didn’t Know What Time It Was literally plays with the timing, with clever phrasing by the pianist; Tell Me A Bedtime Story gives us a suitably smooth, warm, Fender Rhodes solo; Dexterity shows our singer thoroughly at home with beboppy scat; Hendricks/Monk’s Reflections is quietly bittersweet.

The CD was released on September 7 by Turtle Ridge Records (TRR-003).
Ann Alex    

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
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