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Paul Edis: "One of the regulars at The Gala today called me a 'turncoat' and another a 'deserter' - that's a very northern way of displaying affection in response to the news that I'm leaving the area. 'They're vicious down there mind you'. " - (Twitter January24, 2020)

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Today Saturday January 25

Afternoon

Jazz

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Hammer & Pincers, Preston Lane, Preston-le-Skerne, Newton Aycliffe DL5 6JH. Tel: 01325 314873. 1:00pm. £2.00.

Evening

Shirt Tail Stompers - Durham Town Hall, Durham DH1 3NJ. 7:30-11:15pm. £25.00. (£20.00. adv.). DJam 2020: Lindy Hop Festival ‘Masquerade Ball’. Line-up inc. Michael McQuaid (reeds), Nick Ball (drums). A Lindy Jazz event.

Blues/Funk/Soul

Broken Levee + John Carroll - Saltburn Cricket Club, Marske Mill Lane, Saltburn TS12 1HJ. 7:30pm (doors). £10.00. Info & tickets: 07960 935263. Saltburn Blues Club.

Ojay - Outstanding Art, North Road, Durham DH1 4SQ. Tel: 0191 649 0553. 8:00pm. Free. Electric bassist Ojay.

Raggy Ass Boys - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. 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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