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Daily: July 6 - October 27

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden - Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead Quays, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3BA. Tel: 0191 478 1810. Screenings at intervals during the day. part of Akomfrah's exhibition Ballasts of Memory. Exhibition (daily) July 6 - October 27. 10:00am-6:00pm. Free.

Today Tuesday July 23

Afternoon

Jazz

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden. See above.

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

Evening

Jazz

Jam Session - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel. 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. House trio: Stu Collingwood; Paul Grainger; Matt MacKellar.

Archipelago & J Frisco + Mark Williams Trio - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. 8:00pm. £9.90.

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

Monday, June 03, 2019

CD Review: Mikkel Nordsø Quintet. - Out There


Mikkel  Nordsø (guitar); Thomas French (tenor sax); Ben Besiakov (keyboards); Anders Christensen (bass); Alvin Queen (drums).
(Review by Steve T)

Album opener   Take Off   begins with acoustic guitar in almost country blues mode before it settles into straightforward fusion, all Fender Rhodes, sax and semi-acoustic guitar. The title track follows like a close relative to Jimi Hendrix's   Star Spangled Banner   leading to a free jazz blow-out on sax with drums - or at least cymbals - underneath.

Nordsø cites Hendrix and John Coltrane as the major influences on the album and, while there is much of the intense fire and brimstone those two conjured, on first listen I heard an intersection between electric Miles and Frank Zappa's jazzier excursions.
I believe Miles and Zappa will become the Mozart and Beethoven of the late C20th (or perhaps Amadeus and Ludvig Van will become the Miles and Frank of the late C18th/early C19th). If I'm right, and albums like this further convince me I am, artists like Hendrix and Trane should do very well from this, as well as acts including Weather Report, Santana and John McLaughlin.

Hendrix and Trane were the convergent touch-papers that ignited McLaughlin, and his influence in particular seems all over these recordings, both the Mahavishnu Orchestra and Tony Williams Lifetime, particularly when an eerie organ sound, reminiscent of Larry Young in that band, emerges on track four  Rock Train.

Much of the sax playing is more later Miles, circa Kenny Garrett, and the juxtaposition between sax and guitar reinforces the connection with Zappa and McLaughlin rather than Hendrix.

If any of these artists are your thing, there should be plenty here to appeal though, as always nowadays, I don't know if people would seek this album out ahead of a thousand others, without them touring. That's not a negative statement about the music, which is great, but is just the way it seems to be right now, and it's hard to imagine what will happen to change it.  It's currently available.
Steve T

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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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