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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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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 ...

A live session recorded earlier this year at Pizza Express, Soho, by four musicians totally in sync with each other and pushing Allen to the limit - if he has a limit that is, on this showing I'm not so sure. A previous album paid tribute to Gene Ammons and whilst that influence is still there, evidenced by the gutsy tone, here there's also  contemporary phrasing and exploration of the instrument's higher extremities. For good measure, his ballad playing on Lapthorn's composition, Cuckoo, is nonpareil. The composer also excels on this (and every) track and Somogyi solos with super sensitivity.

Allen's Running Away With Me couldn't have had a better title. If you're doing the Great North Run this weekend, listen on your headphones to set the tempo and you'll finish in front of Mo Farah!

Theodore, written for Allen's son, is a jaunty tune with another impressive solo from Lapthorn as well as, naturally, his co-pilot.

Somogyi and Haines are towers of strength throughout with the former delivering more sensitivity on A Little Love Song whilst the latter goes for it on Frack the Right, a composition by Allen reflecting his discontent about environmental degradation and the descent of morality in politics - it shows in his frenetic tenor solo.

Other tracks: Gone But Not Forgotten; Lazy Day; Return to Life.

Branden Allen is to jazz what a fellow Australian (Steve Smith) is to cricket!
Lance
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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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