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Sting: "It was great. They [the River City Jazzmen] all wore blue suits. The band had been together for about twenty years, which was the same age as the suits." - (Melody Maker Sept. 22, 1979).

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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 Monday October 21

Afternoon

Jazz

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.

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. Tel: 0191 227 5500. 3:00pm/5:30pm. Screening of Stanley Nelson's documentary film (2019, cert. 15, 1hr 55mins).

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

CD Review: Joe Lovano – Trio Tapestry

Joe Lovano (tenor saxophone, tárogató*, gongs); Marilyn Crispell (piano); Carmen Castaldi (drums, percussion).
(Review by Hugh C)

I would wager that, in the manner of the esteemed organ on which this review is presented, Joe Lovano has collected a few gongs during the course of his distinguished career.  He brings them out to play with on this recording.  Trio Tapestry is Lovano’s first release as a leader on ECM and introduces a new group, although the individual members are well known to each other.

Lovano launches the CD with a series of these gongs at the outset.  What follows is a more a forty-eight-minute sequence of crafted sonic explorations in twelve tones rather than a series of tunes.  Although the CD is banded, the gaps between the tracks are barely perceptible.  The result is, in Lovano’s words in the CD booklet:  “...a melodic, harmonic, rhythmic musical tapestry throughout...”   Each of the trio members contribute to the whole, in equal measure.
 On close inspection (as in preparation for this review) the intricacy of the work and the quality of the craftspersonship of each of the constituent parts can be appreciated, but - as with the tapestry’s visual analogue – the piece is best appreciated from a distance, in its entirety.

Track Listing: One Time In; Seeds of Change; Razzle Dazzle; Sparkle Lights; Mystic; Piano/Drum Episode; Gong Episode; Rare Beauty; Spirit Lake; Tarrassa; The Smiling Dog.

All are composed by Joe Lovano, but with improvisational contribution from all trio members.  The effect is perhaps different from most other Lovano output, but, in his own words: “...this recording is a statement of where I am, where I’ve been and where I may be headed.”

Trio Tapestry is released by ECM on 25th January 2019.  The band will tour on this side of the Atlantic in May 2019, but travel restrictions may apply as all the concerts are in Germany or the Czech Republic!
Hugh C.


*Tárogató  – a member of the woodwind family not dissimilar to a clarinet or soprano saxophone.

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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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