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Jeremy Pelt: "It [Birth of the Cool sessions] was bebop in sheep's clothing." - (DownBeat, December 2019).

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Today Tuesday November 12

Afternoon

Jazz

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm - 3:00pm. Free.

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. Tel: 0191 227 5500. 1:15pm. Stanley Nelson's 2019 documentary film.

Evening

Jazz

Not Now Charlie - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB.Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

Blues

Sugaray Rayford - Cluny, Lime St., Newcastle NE1 2PQ. Tel 0191 230 4474. 8:00pm. £15.00.

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Friday, June 14, 2019

CD Review: David Stryker - Eight Track III


David Stryker (guitar); Stefon Harris (vibraphone); Jared Gold (organ); McLenty Hunter (drums); Mayra Casales (congas and percussion).
(Review by Hugh C).

David Stryker is an in-demand guitarist and educator based in NYC.  His two previous “Eight Track” releases were in 2013 and 2016.  Stefon Harris reminded Stryker that they needed to complete the Trilogy, an idea he could only say yes to.  The concept of all three albums was to take “classic melodies from the 70s” and “put my own stamp on them through the arrangements and playing”. 

Move on Up (Curtis Mayfield) – Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone (Norman Whitfield & Barrett Strong) -   Pretzel Logic (Walter Becker & Donald Fagen) – Too High (Stevie Wonder) are lively and poppy, led by Stryker on guitar with thoughtful assistance from Gold on Hammond-style organ and Harris on vibes.  We’ve Only Just Begun (Roger Nichols & Paul H. Williams) is the classic ballad with soulful contributions from guitar, and vibes.

This Guy’s In Love With You (Burt Bacharach & Hal David) – Everybody Loves the Sunshine (Roy Ayers) – After the Dance (Marvin Gaye & Leon Ware) continue the set with a return to the tempo and feel of the first four tracks.   Joy Inside My Tears (Stevie Wonder) provides the slow dance at the end of the prom.

The playing is crisp with a driving groove set by the powerhouse of Hunter’s drums and Casales’ percussion.  The overall sound is pleasant enough and well delivered – harmless, but not groundbreaking.  The Eight Track concept partly derives from Stryker’s experience as a high school kid driving around with an eight-track in his van.  Perhaps I have trouble with the concept as, despite being born the same year as Stryker, I never felt the need for an eight-track – cassettes, yes; vinyl (in its day), yes.  CDs, yes – although (poetic justice perhaps) my usual player refused to play the review disc and I had to listen to it on my laptop CD/DVD drive.

The accompanying press release suggests the CD should be filed under JAZZ, given that this is effectively a ‘70s tribute, perhaps EASY LISTENING would be more appropriate!
Hugh C
Eight Track III has been released by Strikezone Records (Catalogue No. 8818).

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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.
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