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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.

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Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden (see centre column).

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

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

CD Review: Jacob Zimmerman & His Pals - More of That

Jacob Zimmerman (alto saxophone, clarinet); Christian Pincock (trombone); Josh Roberts (guitar); Cole Schuster (guitar); Ray Skjelbred (piano); Matt Weiner (bass); D'Vonne Lewis (drums); Meredith Axelrod (vocals, guitar)
(Review by Russell)

More of That is a small group swing recording by Seattle based Jacob Zimmerman. The bandleader's 'pals' are seven strong; guitarist Josh Roberts and bassist Matt Weiner working alongside like-minded musicians (trombone, guitar, piano, drums and vocals) on twelve numbers with a total playing time of forty-one minutes.


Zimmerman's 'old school' alto saxophone and clarinet playing recalls the swing era and it comes as little surprise to learn that he will happily play an engagement for twenty-first century swing dancers. Four of the album's twelve sides are Zimmerman originals including the title track More of That featuring the bandleader's warm, bluesy clarinet. Pianist Ray Skjelbred's The Blues for Sir Charles captures the essence of a Basie soft-shoe swing intro with Josh Roberts occupying Freddie Green territory. 

Much of the material on More of That comprises tunes written in the first three decades of the twentieth century. In a Shanty in Old Shanty Town (Ira Schuster/Jack Little/Joe Young) is a typically choice selection from the period; Zimmerman's relaxed alto, similarly Christian Pincock's measured trombone contribution, the ensemble sound exemplary. 

Jacob Zimmerman's More of That is well worth checking out. For further information visit: www.jacobrexzimmerman.com

Russell

1 comment :

Patti said...

This is a most excellent CD - all the young musicians are top class, and totally rooted in the great American jazz tradition. I've seen Jacob play at US festivals with different line ups, and really loved his style - that's why I bought his CD, and passed it on to BSH for their review! I'd highly recommend it too, and by the way, it's also available on CDBaby.

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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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