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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 Wednesday November 13

Afternoon

Jazz

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. Tel: 0191 227 5500. 12:15pm. Stanley Nelson's 2019 documentary film.

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

Evening

Jazz

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

Swing Street - Pier Red, Castlegate, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1LF. Tel: 01289 309168. 8:00pm. Free.

Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.00.

Blues/Folk

George Shovlin & the Radars, Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DE. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 8:00pm. Free.

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.

Wednesday, June 05, 2019

CD Review: Eric Alexander - Leap of Faith

Eric Alexander (tenor sax); Doug Weiss (double bass); Johnathan Blake (drums). 
(Review by Chris)  

The last of my “Three Tenors” recent releases to review  - another chordless sax trio - this time from three top players from NYC,  the latest of 40+ albums led by Eric Alexander. This one is a bit of a departure, where Alexander’s usual “burnished” post-bop style is pushed into a freer direction.   The pianoless trio is a tough act to pull off, and there is direct comparison to be had here with my last listening, the UK sax trio led by ToriFreestone .

I have to say I found the UK outfit more to my liking – lighter, more variety, more tuneful, more listenable. That’s not to say there isn’t very fine playing here, muscular, elegant and energetic, with superb contributions from Weiss and Blake – the drumming interludes particularly invigorating.  

Overall the sound of the trio is somewhat austere, but there is variety to be found in the tempo and feel nonetheless.  The album opens energetically with Luquitas, with frenzied but precise flurries of tenor, with similar passionate style on Hard Blues and Frenzy, jet-propelled by Weiss and Blake.  More mellow and melodic are Corazon Perdito and Big Richard, the latter for his late father. 
  
Overall, probably one for the student of the tenor, and even there, Alexander is up against stiff competition in NYC from Chris Potter, Jerry Bergonzi and Donny McCaslin!   

Next up on the tenor front, Vasilis Xenopoulos on Thursday at Sage Gateshead with a far from piano-less outfit – on the contrary -  Dr. Edis is on hand to bring austerity to a long-awaited end!  
Chris Kilsby 
Release date: May 17,  Giant Step Arts  

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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.
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