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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, June 20, 2019

CD Review: Avishai Cohen - Arvoles

Avishai Cohen (bass); Elchin Shirinov (piano); Noam David (drums) + Björn Samuelsson (trombone); Anders Hagberg (flute).
(Review by Lance).

A collection of Cohen originals and a traditional (Israeli?) tune. I found the music quite compelling, particularly the tracks where the trio is augmented by the horns. At times I  wondered where it was heading, however, when it got there the path taken turned out to be logical.

Difficult to pigeonhole, there are so many twists and turns, one moment it's a piece of modern classical music but, just as you adapt they're off on another tangent, maybe Afro-Caribbean or a glance towards bebop or maybe hip-hop or something else. In a strange sort of way, it grabs you then loses you then grabs you again.

Flute and trombone are without a doubt the icing on the cake maintaining sanity and, at times, even bringing a secular feel to it. Piano and drums are powerful contributors and in no way subservient to the leader.

Of course, having a bass player as the leader means a lot of bass solos but, even when that player is of virtuoso standard, it can still be one bass solo too many.

Nevertheless, it's an album well worth checking out - particularly by aspiring bassists - and although I'm not an aspiring bassist it is starting to grow on me...
Lance.
Try/Buy.

1 comment :

Hugh said...

"One bass solo too many"...

... Well at least it's not drum solo!

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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.

Submissions for review

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