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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.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

CD Review: Leo Richardson Quartet - Move

Leo Richardson (tenor sax); Rick Simpson (piano); Tim Thornton (bass); Ed Richardson (drums) + Alex Garnett (tenor sax).
(Review by Lance)

As I've mentioned previously, I'm getting buried beneath an avalanche of the damn things (CDs). I'm wondering if I could maybe build a house with them. The only problem with that idea is that if I used this particular album as the foundation stone the house would collapse like a deck of cards by which I mean it would never be in the wall for very long - it would be on my player!

Yes, it's that good. As good as (it would be impossible to say better than) Richardson's first album The Chase - which, incidentally, had nothing to do with Dexter Gordon or Wardell Gray nor for that matter does Move have anything to do with Miles! 

The hell it does! It has everything to do with Dexter, Wardell, Miles and anyone else who took their horn into the Blue Note Studios on West 47th or West 61st back in the day. 
Some of the greatest ever modern jazz came out of those studios and, although most of the musicians are now gone, the music they created lives on via such UK heroes as Simon Spillett and, on this disc, Leo Richardson.

Hard bop not only lives but gets even harder as Leo blows as if there's no tomorrow without forgetting the yesterday that the music evolved from. However, it isn't all "my dad can play more notes than your dad" music. The ballad e.f.g. is as lyrical and melodic a composition as any of his Blue Note ancestors hit upon. By the way, all eight compositions are by Leo.

An ace rhythm section - dig mr.tim featuring Thornton on bass which is as good a head as Mr. PC -  Simpson (or is it Sonny Clark?) provides the meat to Richardson's potatoes (or is it vice-versa?) Rick Simpson, remember the name when the jazz polls come around. I don't think Ed Richardson is related to Leo but, in jazz, they are blood brothers.

The final track brings another  tenor player into the front line - Alex Garnett. This may be titled Second Wind but, for all intents and purposes, this is The Chase!  The New New Jazz Couriers?
Lance
Available August 9 on Ubuntu Music UBU0026.
Launch at Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho, London August 6.

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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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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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Lance