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Today Wednesday November 20

Afternoon

Jazz

Scott Wall - Jazz Café, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 261 5618. 1:00pm. £3.00. Café Mezzanine (first floor, access via crafts shop).

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

Evening

Jazz

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

Levee Ramblers NOJB - 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.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

CD Review: Fabrizio Sciacca Quartet - Gettin' It There

Jed Levy (tenor sax); Donald Vega (piano); Fabrizio Sciacca (bass); Billy Drummond (drums).
(Review by Lance).

I view bands led by bass players even more sceptically than those led by drummers and, it was with that prejudicial thought in mind that I wound up the Victrola (I'll have to get one of these newfangled Dansette things).

It seemed, after Fab's extended intro to Sam Jones' One For Amos, that I was right and that this album was going to be a bass player's dream and a nightmare for non aficionados of the lower frequencies. 

I was wrong! Sciacca is a fine bassist who doesn't hog the show. Instead he solos effectively and melodically and lays down a sound foundation for the soloists. Levy only appears on 3 tracks but his solos are outstanding, as are those of Vega, and I wanted him [Levy] on all tracks even if it meant cutting down of the bass solos. 

Sorry, forget I said that! It is the young Italian bassist's debut album as a leader and he is deserving of the exposure. Listen to A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square - as lyrical as they come - I feel his  [Sciacca's] hero/idol/mentor Ron Carter would have been very proud. Vega too captures the bird. I wonder, did a nightingale ever sing in Berkeley Square?

Levy's Lonely Goddess features the saxist's emotive probing building up then gently releasing us.

One Second Please, an Elmo Hope composition, has Levy in overdrive, Vega doing everything and even more than Hope would have asked for. Drummond - drumming and driving - and the leader, no doubt smiling at how well the session turned out! 

I think he 'got it there'. Camparis all round!
Lance

One For Amos; Lullaby in Central Park; Zellmar's Delight (Sonny Clark); For Sir Ron; A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square; Lonely Goddess; One Second Please.

Available on Sept. 1 via the usual suspects.

1 comment :

chbuech@gmx.de said...

Hi Lance, Jed Levy has done some outstanding productions for Steeple Chase. A feast for every sax-fan. Jed Levy is the Man!
Greetings Chris

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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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