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Jackie Paris: "A singer's got to be able to tell a story. Frank Sinatra and Nat Cole are best at that; Mel Tormé too. I like to take a lyric that means something and sing it right to the person it was meant for." - (DownBeat October 11, 1962).

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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.

Wednesday September 18

Afternoon

Jazz

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

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

Evening

Alexys de Alfaro - Revoluçion de Cuba, Cloth Market, Newcastle NE1 1EE. Tel: 0191 917 7076. 6:00pm. Free.

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

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CANCELLED

Archipelago + Freese Trio - Bobik's, Punch Bowl Hotel, Jesmond Road, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 3JY. Tel: 0191 284 0490. 7:30pm. £5.00.

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Levee Ramblers NOJB w. Jim McBriarty (clarinet) & Bob Wade (trumpet) - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.00.

Blues/Folk

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.

Monday, July 01, 2019

CD Review: Bill Frisell, Thomas Morgan - Epistrophy

Bill Frisell (guitar); Thomas Morgan (double bass).
(Review by Chris).

A curious ECM offering in the seldom-heard format of a guitar/double bass duo, recorded live at the Village Vanguard, NYC. The guitar is in the experienced hands of the veteran ECM house guitarist of the 80s, Bill Frisell, the bass in the capable hands of the younger Thomas Morgan, whose prolific output includes a lush contribution to the recent stylish Avec Le Temps with Giovanni Guidi

The album comprises varied covers, with the title track and Pannonica by Thelonious Monk at the core. Epistrophy emerges from seemingly random off-kilter plucking and strumming, and epitomizes Frisell’s sophisticated, oblique approach here. Billy Strayhorn’s Lush Life and All in Fun by Kern/Hammerstein  are of an even older vintage and receive a more delay-laden treatment, as does a stately version of You Only Live Twice, all well received by the audience.  Paul Motian’s Mumbo Jumbo is more free fiddly fretwork, with tricky timing tossed in for good measure.

Overall, not a groundbreaking release, more of a low key listen for the guitar geek or dinner party. I have to say I was disappointed, not having listened much to Frisell since the 80’s when I had him down as the unpredictable one of three US “fusion” guitarists (with Abercombie and Scofield). Nowadays he has a reputation for “noodling”, but back in the day he was less restrained and his oblique lines meshed excitingly in contrast with angular and more brutal bandmates, such as on the excellent 1988 Look Out For Hope.   

I won’t be making the trip, but he plays London's Cadogan Hall in October - I’m sure he’ll be compelling live. 
Chris Kilsby
Available now on ECM 2626
Buy/see here. 

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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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