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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 Monday August 19

Afternoon

Jazz

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden (see centre column).

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Evening

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Thursday, August 08, 2019

Leo Richardson Quartet: Album Launch @ Pizza Express, Soho - August 6

Leo Richardson (tenor sax); Rick Simpson (piano); Conor Chaplin (bass); Ed Richardson (drums) + Eric Alexander (tenor sax).
(Review by Lance/photo courtesy of Martin Hummel).

Having reviewed Move and The Chase I knew this gig was going to be special and it was. I may have been to better gigs although, off the top of my head I can't remember when. This was driving hard bop with Leo blowing like there was no tomorrow and his rhythm section kicking it all the way. Rick Simpson, Conor Chaplin and Ed, no relation, Richardson on drums making sure the leader didn't flag - as if!

It seemed as though the whole world had turned out for the album launch and the pizzas and Peronis  were in great demand but, once the music started, food and drink took second place.

Most of the numbers were from the current album although there were a few gems from the first. It didn't matter, the young tenor player, not unknown in Darlington blew some harmonics that almost sent the anchovies flying. Not to be outdone, Simpson on piano who also hails from the northeast staked his claim with some powerful solos - what is it about Darlo that it produces so many outstanding jazz musicians and, despite its size, also supports 3 jazz clubs?

It couldn't get any better - could it? It could. Let's bring Ronaldo off the bench or, to be more precise, New York tenor ace, Eric Alexander.

On the disc it's Alex Garnett who pairs up with Leo but, tonight, Alex was elsewhere so in steps Eric. The American blew up a storm but I think Leo shaded it. Eric agreed. "I was sight reading and just did my best" he said during the break.

It was a good break that I enjoyed in the company of Leo's dad, bass legend Jim Richardson and saxist Dave O'Higgins - jazz royalty!

More fantastic playing in the second set which came to a close with a return to the stage by Eric. He was on fire and so was Leo! Think of all the great tenor partnerships - Dex/Wardell; Zoot & Al; Tubbs/Ronnie; Sonny Stitt & Gene Ammons this matched all of them. The Thriller in Manila with saxophones instead of gloves became the set-to in Soho. Honours even. A night to remember!
Lance.
Move by the Leo Richardson Quartet is available on Ubuntu Records. CD Review.

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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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