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Mark Walker: "A drummer in a big band is always happy. It's like driving a big bus." - (Downbeat, August 2019)

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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.

Today Wednesday July 24

Afternoon

Jazz

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

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

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/Folk

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.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

CD Review: Dave O'Higgins Trio + Max Ionata - Tenors Of Our time.

Dave O'Higgins (tenor sax); Ross Stanley (organ); Luca Santaniello (drums) + Max Ionata (tenor sax).
(Review by Lance).

Tenor sax duos aren't new. Over the years, Dex and Wardell did battle, likewise Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt, Illinois and Flip with JATP, Lockjaw and Johnny Griffin. These were, ostensibly, no holds barred encounters with each one going for the jugular.

Over here, in the Jazz Couriers, Ronnie Scott and Tubbs also blew devastating tenor the difference being that this wasn't a championship bout but rather two musical associates working together to create rather than to conquer - drawing from, and inspiring, each other.

I suspect a similar relationship exists between O'Higgins and fellow tenor man Ionata. This is no, "I can player faster/higher/louder or honkier than thou" scenario but two guys blowing within the boundaries of taste without losing identity or any lack of swing - listen to their take on Sonny Stitt's The Eternal Triangle.

O'Higgins composed five and Ionata two of the originals that make up the bulk of the ten tracks. Both musicians are as adept as composers as they are as instrumentalists and the proof is here in the album.

Ross Stanley, comping and soloing, as ever the master of the B3, provides the perfect launchpad for both himself and the soloists.  I'm unsure which of the saxists is which despite their individual styles. One is smoother (O'Higgins?) the other tougher but both gell. 

O'Higgins met the excellent New York-based drummer Santaniello at the 2017 Rochester Jazz Festival. Santaniello, in turn, introduced him to Ionata and the rest, as they say, is history or maybe not. This is a band who, hopefully, won't be consigned to the archives but will continue to record and play live gigs.
Lance.

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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.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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Whilst we appreciate the many emails, texts, messages and other communications we receive requesting album/gig reviews on BSH, regrettably, we are unable to reply to all of them other than those we are able to answer with a positive response.
Similarly, CDs received by post will only be considered if accompanied by sufficient background material.
Finally, bear in mind that this is a jazz-based site when submitting your album.
Lance