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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.

Today Tuesday September 17

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm - 3:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Acoustic Infusion with the Mighty Horns - Forum Music Centre, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG. Tel: 01325 363135. 7:30pm (doors 7:00pm). £5.00. Rick Laughlin & co.

Strictly Smokin’ Sessions - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. £8.00. & £6.00.

River City Jazzmen - Block & Tackle, Blackthorn Way, Ashington NE63 8NW. Tel: 01670 819845. 8:00pm. £4.00. Guest: Don Armstrong (reeds). Note earlier start.

Blues

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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Bruce Adams with the Paul Edis Trio @ Blaydon Jazz Club - September 15

Bruce Adams (trumpet, flugelhorn); Paul Edis (piano); Andy Champion (double bass); Russ Morgan (drums) 
(Review & right hand close-up by Russell/Band photos by Roly)

Blaydon Jazz Club, like most jazz clubs, has had its share of ups and downs...the halcyon days, the big names, the full houses, and, of course, the leaner times. Thirty five years almost to the day (September 14, 1984 to be exact) Blaydon Jazz Club booked a big name to work with the finest jazz piano trio around and, good on 'em, the regulars rallied round making the evening of September 15, 2019 one to remember.

Andy Hudson Recalls the First Soho Jazz Festival.

Andy Hudson has had many jazz associations over the years - Pianist, bandleader (Newcastle Big Band), Newcastle Jazz Festival, Cleveland Jazz Festival, JVC Jazz Festival and, the first Soho Jazz Festival.

Andy, in one of his leisure moments (he claims to have them!) has put together a few video clips of that first Soho Jazz Festival on Facebook along with his memories of the occasion which are well worth checking out - link.

As I still have the programme for the event I thought it might be worth linking the two.

CD Review: Dave Miller Trio - Just Imagine

Dave Miller (piano); Chuck Bennett (bass); Bill Belasco (drums)
(Review by Lance).

Miller makes no apologies - George Shearing is his inspiration. However, before you groan and mutter, 'not another  Lullaby of Birdland' you'll be pleased to know that Birdland remains high in the sky - at least on this CD.

Shearing may be his idol but Miller is still very much his own man although not averse to the block hand style Shearing favoured (as did Nat Cole and Milt Buckner before him) which he also uses equally effectively. So no, this isn't a parade of hits but songs that Shearing played along the way without being indelibly associated with them.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

CD Review: Patrick Barnitt – Sway

(Review by Ann Alex)

Patrick Barnitt grew up among his musical family in New Jersey USA where he played sax, bass, piano and also sang. He became an actor and then began singing in jazz clubs around LA. He has sung at the Dresden Hollywood night club for the last 25 years, whilst also playing many roles as an actor in films and TV, including appearances in Star Trek. Barnitt had always wanted to do a big band CD, and this is it.

We Are Soznak Family @ Monument, Newcastle - September 15

As light rain began to fall Toon shoppers' favourite busking street band Soznak launched into We Are Family. Supplying the killer bass line - and vocals - was none other than Jude 'Paper Moon Trio' Murphy fresh from her late night Saturday gig at Prohibition Bar. BSH favourite David Gray was in the middle of it all although, as the photo indicates,  Showtime was hidden away, swapping trombone for keyboards on the Sister Sledge classic. 
Russell      

Tonite (Sunday15)! Blaydon's Big Birthday Bash!

(Preview by Russell)

The Black Bull in Blaydon is a good place to be tonight. Blaydon Jazz Club is celebrating its 35th anniversary presenting the very best of jazz. Down the years some of the finest musicians on the British jazz scene have graced the stage at the welcoming community pub (and, for a few years, at other nearby venues). The roll call is a long one, here's just a few of them...Bruce Turner, John (Johnny) Barnes, Roy Williams, Vasilis Xenopoulos, and then there is the home-grown local talent...Billy Harper, Paul Booth and Bradley Johnston. 

World class trumpeter Bruce Adams is this evening's guest star and the genial, frequently side-splittingly funny, Scotsman will be working with three familiar names - the brilliant Paul Edis, piano, the equally brilliant Andy Champion, bass, and ace drummer Russ Morgan

Paper Moon Trio @ Prohibition Bar - September 14

Bernie Ranson (tenor sax); Dan Stanley (guitar); Jude Murphy (bass guitar, vocals)
(Review by Russell)

The Paper Moon Trio...with a name like that the trio couldn't start with anything other than It's Only a Paper Moon. Prohibition Bar's bijou stage accommodated our trio as Harold Arlen's much-loved, much-covered tune suggested this Saturday evening gig would be comprised of standards and so it proved.

Multi-instrumentalist Jude Murphy perched on a high stool to play oh-so-subtle bass guitar accompaniment to her always winning vocals. To her left, Bernie Ranson blowing relaxed, breathy tenor sax and, to his left, impressive guitarist Dan Stanley playing every jazz chord imaginable. Three friends, seemingly comfortable in one another's company, played to a select, attentive crowd which ebbed and flowed with 'Saturday night out' types dropping by for a drink then moving on to the next watering hole.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Paul Edis Trio @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle - September 13

Paul Edis (piano, vocals); Andy Champion (double bass); Russ Morgan (drums)
(Review by Russell/Photos courtesy of Brian Ebbatson)

Heritage Open Days is a nationwide scheme granting access to buildings, or parts of buildings, usually off limits to the public. Newcastle's Lit and Phil participates on an annual basis and parties of the curious wander from top to bottom, up a spiral staircase, down a dimly lit corridor, turning a corner determinedly looking into every nook and cranny. One such party entered by a little used side door to be met by a rapidly filling Loftus Room. Did the curious wonder: What's going on here? They didn't hang around to find out and had they done so there wouldn't have been a seat available as today's lunchtime jazz concert drew a near capacity full house. 

Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music 2019

(Press release by Wesley Stephenson)

It's with great pleasure that we announce this year's Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music.

Welcome to the third edition where once again what a stunning range of events we have lined up highlighting the great diversity that Jazz and Improvisation have to offer.

As ever the Festival brings to the fore a range of exceptional Northern musicians alongside artists from the UK and many corners of the Globe.

Brodie West and Evan Cartwright join us from Toronto for a debut performance of their 'Ways' project featuring pianist Achim Kauffman from Germany, whilst 'ZU' bassist Massimo Pupillo drops in from Italy to join 'The Necks' percussionist Tony Buck from Australia. One of Denmark’s finest Julie Kjær presents her UK trio with John Edwards and Steve Noble alongside Alexander Hawkins playing solo, this double bill bringing representatives from two of the most progressive Jazz record labels Clean Feed and Intakt*. And of course 'the high priestess of psychedelic Arabic jazz’ British Bahraini brass player Yazz Ahmed is coming to Gosforth Civic Theatre.

Preview: The Vinyl Revival (JG Windows, Newcastle)

Many pubs have closed (pub company closures and takeovers) yet, at the same time, micro pubs have flourished opening up in all manner of premises. Over in the world of recorded music some big chain stores have gone into receivership or gone the journey but, as with beer, some hardy souls refuse to go quietly. Vinyl is back!


Pip Piper's film The Vinyl Revival (43 mins) is currently on a nationwide tour and on Monday evening (Sep 23) it will be screened at JG Windows,  Central Arcade, Newcastle. Graham Jones, author of The Vinyl Revival and the Shops That Made it Happen and Last Shop Standing, will be present to take part in a post-film Q&A. 

Admission is £5.00. 7:00pm start. Tickets from Eventbrite or contact JG Windows at:
www.info@jgwindows.com (tel: 0191 232 1356).  
Russell

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Solitude


Saturday 14th Sept, The Anker’s House Museum Chester-le-Street, County Durham, DH3 3QB
Listen individually via headphones between 10am-3pm
Free entry and booking not required

Built into the walls of a church, the anchorites choice was a life of self-inflicted seclusion. Inspired by this history the audio play follows the arc of solitude through a life, from birth to death contrasting modern experiences of solitude and loneliness with those from the past.

CD Review: Binker Golding - Abstractions of Reality Past and Incredible Feathers


Binker Golding (tenor sax); Joe Armon-Jones (piano); Daniel Casimir (double bass); Sam Jones (drums)
(Review by Russell)

Binker Golding continues to carry all before him. The saxophonist's partnership with Moses Boyd has elevated the Londoner to, at least in the jazz world, stratospheric heights. If Kamasi Washington is the current big noise in the States, Golding is making one hell of a racket this side of the Atlantic. 

Abstractions of Reality Past and Incredible Feathers is Golding's latest recording and it comes courtesy of the Binker Golding Quartet or, as the bandleader appears to favour, the Binker Golding band. Regular sparring partner Boyd isn't involved, the quartet's drummer is Sam Jones, Joe Armon-Jones plays piano and Daniel Casimir is Golding's double bass anchor.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

CD Review: Ricardo Peixoto - Scary Beautiful

(Review by Steve T)

Back in the days of jazz-funk, I was really into acoustic guitarist Earl Klugh though - in hindsight - as a disciple of George Benson and his association with Bob James they were always going to condemn him to the scorn that would subsequently be heaped on smooth jazz.

On first hearing this, I was immediately reminded of Mr Klugh, though those who summarily dismiss smooth jazz need not be put off. Like everything else, the boundaries of what constitutes smooth jazz is not a fixed point but is fluid amongst listeners and many who generally hate the sub-genre may find lots to enjoy.

Although his native Brazil permeates everything here, he's classically trained and also studied at Berklee alongside Pat Metheny and Gary Burton and has played and recorded with Airto, Flora Purim, Dom Um Romao and others.

CD Review: Mette Juul - Change

Mette Juul (vocals, guitar); Ulf Wakenius, Gilad Hekselman, Per Mollehoj (guitars); Lars Danielsson (bass, cello, cymbals); Heine Hansen (piano, Rhodes, celeste, harmonica).
(Review by Ann Alex)

Mette Juul, a native Scandinavian songwriter, guitarist and jazz singer releases her fourth CD. And what a delightful listening experience it is! 

Five original songs and eight standards based on the theme of 'change'. The music was recorded in Juul's own home and also in New York and Sweden in an informal fashion, though anchored by Juul's voice and guitar. There are just 2 or 3 musicians on each track, giving the music an intimate 'feel' with genuine emotion. Ms Juul's voice is a pleasing expressive alto and every word is clear.

CD Review:O'Higgins & Luft Play Monk & Trane

Dave O'Higgins (tenor sax); Rob Luft (guitar); Scott Flanigan (organ); Rod Youngs (drums).
(Review by Lance).

If you're going to make a tribute album then Monk and Trane are as good a choice as any - providing you've got the chops to see it through. These guys have got the chops!

Despite the tenor, guitar, organ, drums set-up this isn't a walkin' the bar juke jam. The material, like the musicians, is on a much more cerebral level although this doesn't mean it's too hi-falutin'! Far from it, it swings like crazy - if that expression isn't passé and, even if it is you know what I mean.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Preview: A late night in Hexham (September 21)

(Preview by Russell)

This year's Hexham Abbey Festival of Music and Arts (September 19-22) includes a late night jazz concert in Queen's Hall Library. Late Night Jazz with Nikki Iles, Karen Sharp & Friends begins at 9:30pm on Saturday 21st. Pianist Iles and saxophonist Sharp share similarly impressive pedigrees having worked with many of the great names of British post-war jazz. Their 'friends' on this gig will be bassist Andrew Robb and drummer David Ingamells.

Jackie Paris

Just watched 'Tis Autumn: The Search for Jackie Paris a fantastic documentary about, to quote from the film, "The greatest voice you've never heard".

Well, I'd heard of him - he was a legend - but never actually heard him. However, thanks to Marc Myers and Jazz Wax I'm now a much wiser man and one who wishes he'd chased down those elusive recordings all those years ago.

Fortunately, there are some tracks available on Spotify and YouTube but me, I'm going down those mean streets like the Vinyl Detective in search of the real thing although I don't suppose I'll have much luck in Jarrow.
Lance

Monday, September 09, 2019

CD Review: Lynne Arriale Trio - Give Us These Days

Lynne Arriale (piano); Jasper Somsen (bass); Jasper Van Hulten (drums) + Kate McGarry (vocal on Take it With Me).
(Review by Lance)

I don't think I've ever encountered a piano trio where two thirds of the players were called Jasper. In fact, I'd probably be hard pushed to find a trio where even one of them had been christened Jasper. Jasper! parents eh?

Still what's in a name? Both Jaspers know their way around and provide Lynne Arriale with the support and drive to make this just about as good as it gets.

Northern Monkey Brass Band @ Gala Studio, Durham City – Sept. 6

Graham Hardy, Alastair Lord (trumpets); Sue Ferris (tenor sax); David Gray, Kieran Parnaby (trombones); Graham Wilson (tuba); Adam Sinclair (snare drum); Brendan Murphy (bass drum).
(Review/photos by Brian Ebbatson)

Graham Hardy’s NMBB’s return to Durham’s Gala kicked off this autumn’s Lunchtime Jazz series with their customary energy and pzazz.  The band entered the Studio from all corners with the familiar trumpet calls, punchy trombone blasts, sax and tuba echoes, before the snare and bass drums signalled the switch into their signature opener Loose in the Banana Patch, itself rolling straight into The A-Team theme.

For some in the audience this was perhaps, at first thought, not their usual music, but the infectious energy, the driving rhythms, and the pure musicianship of all the players soon had the audience responding with enthusiasm not just to each number but to every solo.

Preview: Bruce Adams @ Blaydon Jazz Club

This coming Sunday (Sept. 15) marks the 35th anniversary of Blaydon Jazz Club and will be celebrated with a session by world-class trumpet player Bruce Adams. 

That this landmark has been achieved is due to the belief and perseverance, tempered with the occasional disappointment, of one man - guitarist Roly Veitch.

Self-effacing Roly will refute this statement and, whilst it's true that along the way he's had support, he alone has been the one constant that's kept it going despite venues closing, funds running short and the constant battle to keep audience levels viable.

Sunday, September 08, 2019

Preview: Darlington Rhythm & Blues Festival (Sunday 15)

Jazz shares much in common with the blues in terms of the music and its practitioners. Sunday's Darlington Rhythm and Blues Festival is an all-day, free admission festival of the music centred round the town's Market Square stage and its many welcoming pubs.

From early afternoon 'til late there is something for everyone ranging from headline act John Coghlan's Quo to vocalist Emma Wilson, the Hokum Hotshots celebrating fifty years in the business to a rare appearance by Blue Horizon record label co-founder Mike Vernon and the Mighty Combo. Details at: 
Russell

Artephis @ The Globe Jazz Bar, Newcastle – September 7. A joint venture by Jazz North East and the Jazz Co-op in connection with Jazz North 'Northern Line'

Aaron Wood (trumpet, flugelhorn, electronics); James Girling (guitar); Ali Roocroft (keyboard); Alasdair Simpson (bass guitar); Matt Brown (drums)
(Review by Ann Alex/ Photos courtesy of Ken Drew).
Well, what a brilliant evening of music is all I can say, and I'm sure the full house Globe audience would agree! This was listed as 'contemporary progressive jazz' so I was unsure if I'd latch onto it, but by the second piece I was hooked. See the quotation currently shown in the Bebop Spoken There box above, something about harming musicians by categorising them, how true in this case. This was simply (but not simple) great music, describe it how you will.

Showtime keeps on runnin' on Great North Run Day!

(Report by Russell/cartoon adapted from an original by the late Bill Shaw).

Early Sunday morning some sixty thousand people gathered in Newcastle for the start of this year's Great North Run. Crowds lined the route dotted with mile markers and feeding stations down to the finish on South Shields' sea front. At three miles (near Gateshead International Stadium) the sounds of New Orleans jazz spurred on Olympians, club runners and an assortment of chickens, hippos and super hero characters. Tyneside's finest - the Northern Monkey Brass Band - played a selection of big, bold, brassy numbers to help the runners on their way. 

Saturday, September 07, 2019

Jeff Barnhart & John Hallam @ Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club - September 7


Jeff Barnhart (piano, vocals); John Hallam (tenor sax, baritone sax, clarinet); Keith Stephen (guitar, banjo); Bruce Rollo (double bass)  
(Review by Russell)

The Mr Men returned one year on from their last get together at Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club. As usual St Augustine's on Larchfield Street catered to a large crowd of dyed-in-the-wool classic jazz era enthusiasts. Today's lunchtime session led by principals Jeff Barnhart and John Hallam would stray into early swing territory without testing the resolve of the faithful. 

Hokum Hotshots 50 Not Out! @ Prohibition Bar - September 6

Hokum Hotshots: Peter Mason (guitar, tiple, vocals); Jim Murray (guitar, mandolin, vocals) + Rob Mason (harmonica, vocals) 
(Review by Russell)

Fifty not out! Peter Mason and Jim Murray were celebrating half a century working together as the Hokum Hotshots. The word was Prohibition Bar would be busy...it was! As the doors opened a mad rush ensued to bag a ringside seat. 

Hokum is blues with a smile on its face - that's the Hokum Hotshots' take on the tradition; jugs, blues and old timey as played by the pioneering, largely Mississippi Delta-based, musicians of some one hundred years ago. Hawaiian shirts de rigueur, Messrs Mason and Murray don't take themselves too seriously...maybe one day but don't count on it!   

CD Review: Dred Scott - Dred Scott Rides Alone

Dred Scott (piano, bass, drums, shaker).
(Review by Lance).

A one-man band! Albeit a digital one where, thanks to the wonders of overdubbing, Scott recorded each instrument separately to create the effect of a piano trio and, if I hadn't been wised up beforehand, I'd have sworn it was three very good musicians. He also composed seven of the eight numbers - well he would, wouldn't he?

Friday, September 06, 2019

CD Review: BATL Quartet - Live

Brandon Allen (tenor sax); Tim Lapthorn (piano); Arnie Somogyi (bass); Lloyd Haines (drums).
(Review by Lance)

Saxophone September! After Vasilis Xenopoulos' tribute to Dexter Gordon, along came some previously unreleased tracks from John Coltrane that set the bar so high any aspirants could only dream of coming close - or so I thought!

However, waiting in the wings were albums from Binker Golding, Joe Lovano, Mark Sherman, Dave O'Higgins, Kenny Polson and this one co-led by by Brandon Allen and pianist Tim Lapthorn ...

Test match commentary on Radio 5

Commentator 1: ... Burns 74, Root 66.
Commentator 2: That's the name of a song.
Commentator 1: What is?
Commentator 2: Root 66.
Lance.

Thursday, September 05, 2019

CD Review: John Coltrane - Blue World

John Coltrane (tenor/soprano sax); McCoy Tyner (piano); Jimmy Garrison (bass); Elvin Jones (drums).
(Review by Lance).

How many more previously undiscovered gems are there hidden in the vaults? Tubbs, Miles, Trane, there seems to be an untapped lode of riches buried deep. Trane fans hit paydirt last year with the 1963 recording Both Directions at once: The Lost Album which reached #21 on the Billboard 200 chart.

Unlike Both Directions which contained original compositions, Blue World, recorded a year later, comprises reworkings of previous Coltrane classics the intention being to use them as a soundtrack to a Canadian film Le chat dans le sac (trans. The cat in the bag). As it happened, only 10 minutes of the 37 minutes was actually used in the film.  

Ambleside Days by David Forman

Following on from his reviews of this year's Ambleside Days, Hugh C has kindly sent me a fine collection of photos taken by  David Forman.

To view album click here.
To learn more about David Forman click here.
Hugh C's Ambleside reviews:
August 30.
August 31.
Lance

Frog and Henry @ the Black Swan - Sept. 4

Ewan Bleach (clarinet, vocals); Ryan Baer (guitar, banjo, vocals); John Kelly (trombone, guitar); Jack Butler (tuba)
(Review by Lance)

Frog and Henry may sound like the name of a Quayside bar but it is, in fact, an international band dedicated to the early blues, rags and stomps of New Orleans. In some ways they are a bit like Postmodern Jukebox inasmuch as, with the exception of Ewan Bleach, there's no certainty as to who, how many, and what instruments will be in the band. It all depends on the size of the car explained clarinetist Bleach.

So, assuming it was a Mini, the shipwreck/lifeboat syndrome applied and one person had to go which turned out be the violin player as well various other instruments including bass saxophone which was a shame as there aren't many bass saxists on the northeast circuit and, disappointingly, the tuba machine was also AWOL.

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

Preview: Frog and Henry @ the Black Swan - Tonight!

Frog and Henry made a lasting impression earlier this year when the band performed at Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club. The New Orleans based five piece outfit returns to the region tonight (Wednesday Sept. 4) to entertain an expectant crowd of keen listeners and dancers at the Black Swan on Westgate Road in Newcastle. 

Jam Session @ the Black Swan - Sept. 3

(Review/photos by Lance).

Six singers in a session made this an evening to remember for those of us who like a well-crafted lyric and there have been few lyricists who crafted it better than Ira Gershwin with They All Laughed, although the version by Niffi O may have strayed from his original intentions! We weren't laughing, most of us were applauding wildly as we also did after she worked out on Nellie Lutcher's 1948 hit Fine Brown Frame.

Unintimidated by this wild beginning, Jen Errington who, Paul Grainger informed us has a cat called Duke (Duke Errington - get it?), offered contrast with When Sunny Gets Blue and You Go To My Head. A sensitive and tender performance that almost silenced the audience - almost!

Miriam McCormick followed with Good Morning Heartache and a jaunty I'm in the Mood for Love.

Tuesday, September 03, 2019

Radio Riches on Radio 3


Today (Tuesday) Christian Garrick leads the Budapest Café Orchestra in a live studio performance on Radio 3's In Tune programme (5:00pm). Tomorrow - same programme, same time - there is more string jazz when master guitarist John Etheridge brings in Sweet Chorus to play a set. 

Saturday's radio riches - all on Radio 3 - begin with your weekly appointment with Jazz Record Requests (4:00pm). This week's selections include Ella Fitzgerald, Cannonball Adderley and Lionel Hampton. At five o'clock J to Z features an interview with American bass icon Christian McBride and a live session by the Leo Richardson Quartet playing cuts from the tenor saxophonist's new album Move. End the day (midnight) with Geoffrey Smith's Jazz celebrating the 89th birthday of Sonny Rollins.    
Russell

Sloth Racket @ The Bridge Hotel, Newcastle - September 1

Cath Roberts (baritone sax); Sam Andreae (alto sax); Anton Hunter (guitar); Seth Bennett (bass); Johnny Hunter (drums)
(Review by Steve H/Photos courtesy of Ken Drew).

After two successive Sunday nights of quality straight ahead jazz it was good to get back to a performance that would warm the cockles of the free jazz fan's heart.

Sloth Racket were created in 2015 at the behest of Jazz North East who asked Cath Roberts to form a band to perform at the GIJF of that year. It proved to be such a successful collaboration that the quintet has continued to play together. Their current national tour began on Sunday night at the Bridge the purpose of which is to launch their fourth album Dismantle Yourself.

Monday, September 02, 2019

Ambleside Days Festival 2019: Tim Garland Weather Walker Trio & Gwilym Simcock, Mike Walker and Friends @ Zeffirellis – August 31


(Review by Hugh C)

As in the manner of the so-called “Beautiful Game”, this event was again in two halves.  The stage was set for two gigs with the Steinway grand to the left, double bass and guitars centre stage, two drum kits and percussion on the right.

Tim Garland Weather Walker Trio
Tim Garland (saxophones, electronics); Jason Rebello (piano); Yuri Goloubev (bass). 

Despite the name of the trio, much of the set, although Garland’s material, was not from the Weather Walker CD.  Bright New Year, from Garland’s album One, featured soprano saxophone.  Rebello on piano and Goloubev on bass took alternate solos, the other subtly underpinning the soloist on their own instrument.  Ensemble passages were the focus for saxophone. 

One token standard followed (Garland emphasised the importance of playing the standards in his early days as part of Ronnie Scott’s house band):  Irving Berlin’s How Deep Is the Ocean? – or as Garland jested (“doing his bit for climate change”) “How deep is the ocean now?”  Goloubev’s solo bass introduced the rhythm with subtle references to the melody, then added to by Rebello on piano and finally the full tune with Garland on tenor. 

CD Review: Diego Figueiredo - Come Closer.

Diego Figueiredo (g
uitars) + Cyrille Aimee, Janis Siegel, Chiara Izzi (vocals).
(Review by Steve T)
Diego Figueiredo is an award winning Brazilian guitarist, a veteran of some twenty three CDs, has played with Gilberto Gil, Larry Coryell, Lewis Nash and others, and is a fine guitarist and, I'm reliably informed, significantly more than fine.

On this album he plays solo guitar, mostly acoustic, accompanied by three female singers, interspersed with two instrumentals.It's a very low-key affair which I guess he's entitled to with his pedigree, but making it hard to identify highs and lows.

Ambleside Days Festival Tommy Smith – Embodying the Light Quartet - and Gwilym Simcock @ Zeffirellis - August 30

Tommy Smith (tenor sax); Pete Johnstone (piano); Calum Gourlay (bass); Sebastiaan De Krom (drums)
(Review by Hugh C)

Stuart Johnson (Zeffirellis event programmer and also of this parish) introduced this set with the observation that, over the years, “he had heard many try to pay tribute to John Coltrane, but that he’d never heard anyone do it as well as these guys”.  No pressure then!

The quartet went straight into the music, all purely acoustic, including double bass.  They commenced the set with Persuance.  The delivery set a pattern that was repeated over the evening.  Extended piano or bass solos, with subtle drumming by de Krom in support, the leader retiring to the edge of the stage, resting one hand on the curve of the Steinway and gently grooving, greying hair glinting in the spotlight.  At the most imperceptible of nods from the soloist, Smith would return centre stage with his horn.  After some twenty minutes of high octane music the heightened atmosphere was brought down by the slower, more tender, melody of Dear Lord.  Smith then observed that the items played he had first played in Zeffirellis in 1988 with John Taylor and then, several times since. He said that he had always been well looked after.

Sunday, September 01, 2019

CD Review: Vasilis Xenopoulos - Dexterity

Vasilis Xenopoulos (tenor sax); Ross Stanley (piano); Dario Di Lecce (bass); Steve Brown (drums) + Quentin Collins (trumpet on 3 tracks).
(Review by Lance).

It's good to see Dexter Gordon being recognised for the great musician he was and that today's musicians keep his music alive. It was only last week that Russell waxed eloquently about JazzMain's gig at Edinburgh's Jazz Bar where Nick Gould kept the flame burning brightly.

Now we have Greece's gift to jazz paying his tribute to Long Tall Dexter with an album that, although it's only Sept. 1, is a shoo-in for CD of the Month and probably the year! Vasi has totally captured the essence of Gordon's playing without any suggestion of plagiarism. This is no Joe Bloggs cloning Paul Quinichette cloning Lester Young. Rather, it's flattery without imitation which, contrary to the old adage, is the sincerest form of flattery.

CD Review: The Casimir Connection - Cause and Effect

Diane McLoughlin (tenor/soprano saxes); Pawel Grudzien (piano/violin); Kit Massey (violin); Tim Fairhall (bass).
(Review by Lance)

Diane McLoughlin describes the music as exploring the boundaries between classical, folk and jazz with intensity and intimacy, echoing chamber music of the classical tradition, but with the edge of contemporary jazz - with influences from Keith Jarrett to Poulenc, Bartok and Balkan folk music.

Considering that I first heard Diane blowing tenor at a jam in Stoke Newington and, more recently, with ARQ at the Globe these are certainly giant steps for womankind. 

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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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
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.

Submissions for review

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.
Similarly, CDs received by post will only be considered if accompanied by sufficient background material.
Finally, bear in mind that this is a jazz-based site when submitting your album.
Lance