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13,359 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 777 of them this year alone and, so far, 51 this month (June 13).

From This Moment On

JUNE

Wed 16: Washboard Resonators @ Punch Bowl Hotel, Jesmond, Newcastle (8:00pm). SOLD OUT!

Thu 17: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside (1:00pm).

Thu 17: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead (8:30pm).

Fri 18: Jazz Jamaica @ Sage Gateshead (8:00pm).

Sat 19: Jude Murphy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle (8:00pm).

Sun 20 Knats @ The Globe, Newcastle (8:00pm). Advance booking essential: www.jazz.coop. SOLD OUT. Livestream available from £7.50.

Mon 21: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club (1:00pm). POSTPONED!

Wed 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club (1:00pm). POSTPONED!

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

CD Review: Rebecca Nash – Peaceful King


Nicholas Malcolm (trumpet); Thomas Seminar Ford (guitar, electronics), Rebecca Nash (piano, keyboards); Chris Mapp (bass, electronics); Matt Fisher (drums); Sara Colman (vocals); Nick Walters (electronics)
(Review by Hugh C)

Peaceful King is Rebecca Nash’s first release as leader, along with her band, Atlas.  She is joined in her long-time collaboration with Malcolm, Ford, Mapp and Fisher by vocalist Sara Colman.  

Peaceful King slowly appears out of the ether with atmospheric electronics by Nick Walters.  A groove is established on drums and bass and Nicholas Malcolm’s rich trumpet sound adds icing to the cake. The track has a positivity which is stated to be “a reaction to the current state of the world” - we certainly need some of that!  

Tumbleweed features an opening drum ‘n’ bass style riff (Nash hails from Bristol – purportedly the drum ‘’n’ bass capital of the world). The groove continues apace (this tumbleweed is moving fast!) with extensive keyboard contributions by Nash. 

Hot Wired features the vocals of Sara Colman with lyrics about a “sassy, feisty female”, keys, bass and drums supporting the melodic line, with extensive keyboard solos.  The song fades to electronic effects and after a brief track break Grace appears after electronic intro.  Colman here tells a story, after the manner of Joni Mitchell.  Dreamer apparently references the cyclic patterns of the late John Taylor, vocals again by Colman with extensive piano solos.

We now return to the purely instrumental.  Lokma features Seminar Ford on guitar, with long stretches of bass/piano interplay driven by Fisher’s drumming.  Little Light slows things right down,  Malcolm’s trumpet stretches over tinkling piano evoking a vast, prairie-like expanse, before drum, bass and guitar restore some confines of rhythm, preparing us for the driving, rocky feel of  Inishbofin inspired by a turbulent boat crossing to the Irish island of the same name.

Peaceful King,  pleasant listen and well executed  album, is available now on Whirlwind Recordings (WR4748).  Atlas can be experienced on tour as far west as Bristol (30 October), as far north as Birmingham (31 October), and also somewhere called London (20 November) where the album launch will be held at the Sebright Arms. 
Full details available on https://www.rebeccanashmusic.com/shows/
Hugh C

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