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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.

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

CD Review: Larry Corban - Emergence

Larry Corban (guitar); Harvie S (bass); James Weidman (piano); Steve Williams (drums) + Jerry Bergonzi (tenor sax - 4/8 tracks).
(Review by Lance).

Corban is, without a doubt, one of today's finest fretters. A Gibson man, he tells the world what an L-5 is capable of with fluent clear solos, drawing on past Gibsonians such as Barney Kessel and Johnny Smith, bringing it up to date with ne'er a glance at Leo Fender.

Surrounded by NYC A-Listers such as the curiously named Harvie S on bass, tenor legend Bergonzi on four out of the eight tracks blowing like there is no tomorrow. Weidman, Williams, and Harvie who, independently operate as the Aperturistic Trio, lay down a foundation as solid as any that a guy like Bergonzi could wish for - Corban too.
Harvie is featured on Never Let Me Go. Beautiful solo. Corban follows on with some lyrical playing of his own.

It's a lovely album but, as Steve T remarked when reviewing another CD, who's going to buy it? The market these days for hard copy is undoubtedly at gigs/concerts.

I remember when I'd buy tickets for a concert because I'd heard the band on record and wanted to see them live. Now you read about the band, check them out on YouTube then buy a ticket and, if you've enjoyed the concert, and had enough money left after buying a drink(s)/programme, buy the album.

As Corban may not have any immediate plans for touring the UK then the options are reversed so get your digital stylus out and buy it - you won't regret it!
Lance.
Sea of Fire; Table Steaks; Observer Effect; Soon to Be; Never Let Me Go; On the Fly; Non-Determinism; You and the Night and the Music.

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