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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.

Friday, August 23, 2019

CD Review: Ahmad Jamal - Ballades

Ahmad Jamal (piano) + James Cammack (double bass on 3 tracks)
(Review by Lance)

I have to admit that when I first heard Jamal - over 50 years ago - I wasn't immediately enamoured of his playing. There seemed to be too many spaces in contrast to what Peterson and Garner were doing back then. However, with the passage of time, I now see that his minimalism gave credence to the less is more school and he is deserving of his high standing among the pantheon of jazz's all-time greats.

Recorded  at the age of 88 (he's now 89!), his creativity shows no sign of diminishing and I'd unreservedly classify this as one of the greatest jazz solo piano albums ever recorded. The three tracks with longtime associate Cammack on bass maintain the same high standard.

The blurb claims the pianist is following in the footsteps of Chopin, Liszt and Brahms which is a claim that is far from preposterous. Quite the contrary! Jamal's three originals - Marseille, Whisperings and Because I Love You - display all the romanticism of the above masters whilst his interpretations of the standards I Should Care; Poinciana; What's New?; So Rare; Land of Dreams; Emily & Spring is Here/Your Story have never been bettered. In his early days, Jamal was often linked with Garner although I never could see the connection myself but here, if there is an influence it is undoubtedly Bill Evans and it isn't surprising that Jamal links Spring is Here with Evans' Your Story. Evans himself stated that he enjoyed and admired Jamal's playing but denied that the influences were two-way.

Whatever, the sheer musicality of the man means he stands tall in any company be it Peterson, Evans, Chopin or Liszt.
Lance.
Available Sept. 13. Link.

1 comment :

NeilC said...

I knew nothing of him until a few years back and heard a track on Jamie Cullum's show [New Rhumba from his album Chamber music of the New Jazz which was the first album of his I purchased ] and I was hooked purchased lot his albums . He is a must for Sunday mornings after a Saturday night on the tiles.

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