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Peter Woodford: "I noticed when I went to hear some jazz in a little pub on the outskirts of London the people were really listening. I'm used to guys in bars only interested in making out with their girl friends. Here the idea seems to be to take a girl, enjoy the music, and make out later." - (Crescendo September 1972).
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Today Wednesday February 19

Afternoon

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

Zoë Gilby & Mark Williams - Jazz Café, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 1:00pm. £3.00. Café Mezzanine (first floor, access via crafts shop).

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

After Hours #4: Stéphane Grappelli - Cafédral Durham, Owengate, Durham DH1 3HB. 7:30pm. £5.00. (concs. available). Sonia Rae (violin); Tom Burgess (guitar); Jack Theaker (guitar); Angus Shennan (keyboards); David Byfield (drums) + Clara Falkowska (flugelhorn, violin). ‘The life and work of Stéphane Grappelli’. Durham University Jazz Society event.

Blues/Soul/Funk etc.

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.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

CD Review: Beata Pater - Tet

(Review by Ann Alex)

Tracks: Little Sunflower; Lazy Afternoon; I Feel You; Crystal Silence; Old Devil Moon; Invitation; The Contessa: Strays: Ode To Max

Called Tet because there are 9 tunes on the album, 'tet' is the 9th letter of the Hebrew alphabet and the symbol for number 9. The singer explains that 'tet' is also symbolic of creativity, a womb for creation. It's Ms Pater's ninth album on which she attempts to push her creativity further than ever  with a selection of jazz standards and tunes by contemporary composers accompanied by an 18 piece ensemble (a doubletet?) without drums, in order to give a looser feel.

Pater has an interesting wide-ranging voice, which sounded quite sweet on the first track, a catchy Latin rhythmic Little Sunflower (pleasing alto flute and bass clarinet with the strings, and the bass keeping the rhythm); on later tracks, the voice was much more of a strong alto. Other standards included, (as above) are a slow, atmospheric Crystal Silence, with the strings prominent; Old Devil Moon (a lively Latin version, repeated riff from the strings, and gentle scat singing.) The contemporary songs were all new to me, I Feel You (Bill Cantos); The Contessa, Strays, Ode To Max, all written by Alan 'Chip' White. That last song is a tribute to Max Roach. There are skilled piano solos on most tracks, for instance, I Feel You has a piano and bass opening, and is a rich, deep-voiced love song.

Beata Pater is Polish and widely travelled, having lived in England and Japan, toured in the USA and now lives in San Francisco - her musical vision influenced by her travels. Experienced in many other kinds of singing such as pop and TV commercials, Pater is also a classically trained violinist with a jazz sensibility, which is obvious from this pleasing CD.

Currently available online (B&B Records - BB0422). See www.beatapater.com      
Ann Alex.

Beata Pater (vocals, arrangements); Hiromu Aoki (piano, arrangements); Dan Fieszli (bass); Peter Jandula-Hudson (viola); Brynn Albanese, Emily Lanzone (violin); Barbara Spencer (cello); Alex Danson (strings arrangements); Aaron Lington (bass clarinet, alto flute, brass/wind arrangements); Steffen Kuehn (trumpet, flugelhorn); John Gove (trombone); Meredith Brown (French horn); plus 6 jazz and classical musicians not named.

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