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Today Thursday June 20

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Jazz Orchestra - Arc, Dovecot St., Stockton on Tees TS18 1LL. Tel: 01642 525199. 7:00pm. £12.00. + £0.10. bf. ‘Jazz & Tapas’ - booking essential.

Ruth Lambert Quartet - St James' & St Basil's Church, Fenham Hall Drive, Fenham, Newcastle NE4 9EJ. 7:30pm. £8.00.

Heller-Glendinning: Billie Meets Kurt - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm (doors). £6.00. (£3.00. student).

Acoustic Infusion - The Forum, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG. Tel: 01325 363135. 7:30pm. £5.00. Line-up: Alan Thompson (tenor sax); Rick Laughlin (piano); Bruce Rollo (double bass); Ian Halford (drums). Now Abbie Finn on drums.

Durham University Concert Band + Grollingwood Big Band - Durham Town Hall, Market Place, Durham DH1 3NJ. 7:30pm. £10.00., £9.00., £8.00.

Durham University Big Band - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. £6.00. (£5.00 concs.). JNE.

Tees Hot Club w. Gus Smith (vocals); Donna Hewitt (tenor sax), Dave Archbold (keys) - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free.

Maine Street Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Hollywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NA. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:30pm. Free.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm. £2.50.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, February 11, 2019

CD Review: Around Again – The Music of Carla Bley

Iro Haarla (piano); Ulf Krokfors (double bass); Barry Altschul (drums).
(Review by Hugh C)

Finnish musicians Haarla and Krokfors have been musical collaborators for two decades and, in their formative years, listened to Carla Bley’s music, in particular, earlier interpretations of her compositions for the Paul Bley Trio.  Around Again features, on drums, Altschul, who played and recorded many of the featured compositions with Paul Bley and a variety of different bass players in the 1960s.

Twelve tracks of varying length:  Closer; Vashkar; Batterie; Ida Lupino; Around Again; Olhos De Gato; Intermission Music; King Horn; And Now, The Queen; Utviklingssang; Start; Jesus Maria

The first has a distinctly minimalist quality, with large gaps and (to me) apparently random notes.  This theme continues although the narrative does become fuller.  Periods of melodic playing are interspersed with looser, more disjointed sequences.

I am ashamed to admit that I am not conversant with Carla Bley’s compositions from this era, so I am unable to judge how true the representation of Bley’s originals are.  On the basis of this rendition, I’m not sure I’m in too much of a hurry to find out!  The skill and musicianship of the three protagonists are, I’m certain, not in question – but this is not for me.  There will be a cadre of Bley enthusiasts who will be well pleased to have this in their collection.  Included in the nicely presented CD folder is a detailed set of notes in the form of a booklet pasted to the inside cover.

Around Again is set for international release by Tum Records (TUM CD 054) on February 15.
Hugh C.

2 comments :

Andy G said...

Hi If you are not familiar with the tunes then why review the CD. Your lack of CB experience means that you are telling the listener nothing that will help them choose. It may be better next time you are in this situation to research a CB fan who could do the review for you.
Andy G

Lance said...

Point taken, Andy. However, I also think it's equally valid for a reviewer to come to the table without any preconceived notions to affect his/her judgment.

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