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Mark Walker: "A drummer in a big band is always happy. It's like driving a big bus." - (Downbeat, August 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 Tuesday July 23

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Jam Session - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel. 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. House trio: Stu Collingwood; Paul Grainger; Matt MacKellar.

Archipelago & J Frisco + Mark Williams Trio - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. 8:00pm. £9.90.

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

Thursday, May 30, 2019

CD Review: Doug MacDonald - Califournia Quartet

Doug MacDonald (guitar); Kim Richmond (alto sax/soprano sax/flute); Harvey Newmark (bass); Paul Kreibich (drums).
(Review by Lance).

Isn't it wonderful, or is it sad? There are such a lot of great jazz combos around that, in many ways, it makes the albums you've treasured over the years become suddenly obsolete! Perhaps an overstatement as few of the musicians playing today would have even got their foot in the door had it not been for the likes of everyone from Jelly Roll to Trane contributing to the melting pot.

Richmond finds his direction via Bird and Cannonball, MacDonald, courtesy of Barney and Wes - both have found their own voice from those rich seams and, unlike their spiritual mentors, today's recording techniques show their sounds off to greater advantage.

This is perhaps the perfect example of yesterday's jazz today - looking back but with their eyes on the future. The swing is in but so is the groove and the bossa and the jazz-rock - not to mention the kitchen sink - ah that my humble abode had such an amenity!

Listen to If You Could See Me Now - if the goosebumps don't show then listen to MacDonald's solo rendition of The Things We Did Last Summer. Nobody ever had a summer to remember like this one. Even without words, it edges Sinatra's classic version! 

MacDonald brings Tenderly in with some luscious out of tempo chords before Richmond ups the pace with some fine alto playing, MacDonald carries the baton before handing it to Kreibich who does what drummers do!

On I Want It, Richmond switches to flute, bass and drums do their thing, MacDonald, has no problems - why should he? He wrote the tune as, indeed, he also penned five of the others.

As the band name implies the quartet is based in Los Angeles and, although this is their debut album, all four have an impressive pedigree having been involved with a whole lot of big names from New York to L.A. and back again.
Lance.

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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.
Similarly, CDs received by post will only be considered if accompanied by sufficient background material.
Finally, bear in mind that this is a jazz-based site when submitting your album.
Lance