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George Shearing: "Speaking about Johann Sebastian Bach I think he'd be a real jazzer if he were alive today. I mean any man who has two wives, twenty kids, gets kicked out of the church for being too harmonically radical and drinks beer can't be all wrong can he?" - (Crescendo March 1984.)

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Today Thursday December 12

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 12:00pm. Free.

Note earlier time for this week only!

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Evening

Jazz

Hot Club du Nord - Lubetkin Theatre, East Durham College, Willerby Drive, Peterlee SR8 2RN. Tel: 0191 518 2000. 7:00pm. £10.00. (£5.00. under 18s). 'Jazz at the Lubetkin'.

Gala Big Band - Gala Theatre & Cinema, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. Tel: 03000 266 600. 7:30pm. £10.00. (£8.00. concs.). ‘Gala Big Band Does Christmas’.

Durham University Big Band - Dunelm House, New Elvet, Durham DH1 3AN. Tel: 0191 334 1777. Free. 7:30pm. ‘Jazzy Christmas’.

Indigo Jazz Voices - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00. (£2.00. student).

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

Tees Hot Club w. Gus Smith (vocals); Dave Stansfield (tenor sax); Ted Pearce (keys) - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Blues/Soul/Funk/Etc.

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

Thursday, June 27, 2019

CD Review: Babelfish - Once Upon a Tide

Brigitte Beraha (vocals); Barry Green (piano); Chris Laurence (double bass); Paul Clarvis (percussion).
(Review by Steve H)

‘Nature is death, nature is life, a glimpse of permanence quickly overshadowed by impermanence, the beauty of the sea’  lines sung be Beraha on The Sea the Sea sums up the ethos of this band perfectly. The album sets out to reflect how it’s creation is a journey which takes the music in unknown directions just as life itself takes risks and is full of surprises. This may all sound rather highfalutin – the best-laid plans of mice and men and all that, but this album is a joy from beginning to end keeping the listener both entertained and interested throughout. 
Most of the song titles are inspired by literary works The Sea the Sea is an Iris Murdoch novel for example. Apart from Dido’s Lament by Henry Purcell and Pretty Girl (Ellington/Strayhorn)  the rest of the album songs are composed by either Beraha or Green. Green’s song Casual Incompetence could well become my theme tune. 

Having seen this band live about a year ago (review here) I knew that I could expect fine musicianship and great collective playing and I was certainly not disappointed Beraha sings conventional lyrics and also improvises marvellously employing a complete range of different vocal sounds which adds further intrigue and surprise to proceedings. On the final number of the album  Vie et Maree a poem by Max Jacob she uses spoken French.  

The rhythm section is incomparable - delicate and subtle where necessary yet dynamic and fascinating when taking solos.  In fact whilst making notes during listening I seemed to jot down after every track- rhythm section outstand great piano/bass/drum solo. The waves have certainly washed this delightful album ashore.
Steve H
Album launch is at Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG on June 29. Details.

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