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Abdullah Ibrahim: "For me jazz is the highest form of music." - (DownBeat, September 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 Saturday August 24

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Mellow Baku - St Augustine's Parish Centre, Larchfield Street, Darlington DL3 7TG. 12:30pm. £10.00. (under 16s free). Line-up: Mello Baku (vocals), John Hallam (reeds), Andy Dickens (trumpet), Ian Bateman (trombone), Tom Kincaid (piano), Rachel Hayward (guitar, banjo), John Day (double bass), Nick Millward (drums).

Jo Harrop w Paul Edis Trio - Ushaw College, Ushaw DH7 9RH. 1:00pm. £10.00. Ushaw Jazz Festival.

Boys of Brass - Bill Quay Beer & Music Festival, Brack Terrace, Bill Quay, Gateshead NE10 0TT. 3:00-4:30pm. (Festival 1:00-11pm). Tickets: £10.

Xhosa Cole-Francis Tulip Quintet - Ushaw College, Ushaw DH7 9RH. 4:00pm. £8.00. Ushaw Jazz Festival.

Evening

Matt Anderson & Paul Edis - Ushaw College, Ushaw DH7 9RH. 6:00pm. £6.00. Ushaw Jazz Festival.

Tony Kofi & the Organisation - Ushaw College, Ushaw DH7 9RH. 8:00pm. £14.00. & £12.00. Ushaw Jazz Festival.

Picturehouse Deluxe + Kay Greyson - Bobik’s, Punch Bowl Hotel, Jesmond Road, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 3JY. 8:00pm. £5.00. Line-up: Georgia Turnbull (vocals & keys), Thomas Dixon (reeds), Jamie Mackay (guitar), Adam Cornell (bass), Ben Fitzgerald (drums).

Jam session - Ushaw College, Ushaw DH7 9RH. 10:00pm. Free. Ushaw Jazz Festival.

Blues/Funk/Soul

Teresa Watson Band - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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: John Turville - Head First

John Turville (piano); Julian Argüelles (tenor/soprano sax); Robbie Robson (trumpet); Dave Whitford (bass); James Maddren (drums).
(Review by Lance).

Way back in the day, the jazz constabulary of Jazz Journal, Jazz Monthly and other mags would dismiss sessions on Blue Note, Prestige, Contemporary etc. by musicians such as Hank Mobley, Jackie McLean, Zoot Sims, Phil Woods and others as "Just another blowing session". In retrospect, those 'blowing sessions' are now regarded as part of the Holy Grail of modern jazz. 

Had those same jazz cops still been patrolling the beat they certainly wouldn't have accused the Turville Gang of the same crime!
Despite my initial misgivings when it comes to an album of mainly-originals I have to confess that this one totally hits the spot.  It has excitement, lyricism, interesting themes and solos that are logical without being obvious. 

Ironically, my favourite track is the final one - Michel Petrucciani's Beautiful But Why?

My pick of the originals is one that also has local appeal! Seahorses is a turbulent, billowing, free improvisatory blast that recalls 'a stormy sea trip off Seahouses on the wild Northumbrian coast'. I've experienced one of those sea trips out of Seahouses - it made me a landlubber ever since!

Turville rates highly amongst UK pianists and here he's on top form. Argüelles too never misfires - he gets, possibly, the best soprano sound of any of them - ancient or modern. Robson is a new name to me but surely he will soon be recognised as a 'comer'. Whitford and Maddren do what they always do - keep the ship afloat.

The band have a 14 gig tour lined up which began a couple of days ago in Lincoln arriving in Leeds for a workshop on March 8 before heading back down south via Sheffield to Brighton.
Ah well...
Lance.
Available on Whirlwind Recordings - WR4734 from Friday Feb. 22 with an official launch at Pizza Express in Soho on Feb. 25.
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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.
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Finally, bear in mind that this is a jazz-based site when submitting your album.
Lance