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Mark Walker: "A drummer in a big band is always happy. It's like driving a big bus." - (Downbeat, August 2019)

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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, July 01, 2019

CD Review: Jan Harbeck Quintet - The Sound The Rhythm

Jan Harbeck (tenor sax); Henrik Gunde (piano); Eske Nørrelykke (bass); Anders Holm or/and Morten Ærø (drums) + Jan sum Vohrde (alto sax).
(Review by Lance).

Ostensibly a tribute to Ben Webster who spent several years in Copenhagen, Harbeck captures the essence of Webster's playing albeit without Ben's edginess on uptempo numbers. This doesn't detract in any way but denotes that Harbeck can do the tribute without the lip service.

There is a screenplay waiting to be written around these tunes. In particular, the opener,  Lighter Shades. Despite the title, this is pure 1950's noir. It's atmospheric, it's Mike Hammer going into a dive, a blonde floozy doing a bump and grind routine, a body in an alley. The cover sustains the mood.

It isn't all dark, mostly it's swingy and just the sort of thing that Ben excelled in. Harbeck has the rich-toned tenor sound that, for a while, took a backseat after Lester arrived. 

His fellow [great] Danes in the engine room prove that not all European jazzmen have deserted the mainstream - Ben would have loved working with these guys on a gig or a record date. I'm not entirely sure that the decision to use two drummers on Webster's Shorty Cull added anything extra still, I don't think they did it any harm either!

Although Jan sum Vohrde only blows alto on I'd Be There, his presence adds to the authenticity of a tune composed by Webster and Johnny Hodges and it would have been nice to have heard more.

Ten tracks: 5 by Harbeck, 4 by Webster, 1 by Strayhorn.
Lance.
Available now on Stunt Records CD or LP 19022/19021

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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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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Whilst we appreciate the many emails, texts, messages and other communications we receive requesting album/gig reviews on BSH, regrettably, we are unable to reply to all of them other than those we are able to answer with a positive response.
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Finally, bear in mind that this is a jazz-based site when submitting your album.
Lance