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Vieux Carre Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. Tel: 0191 691 7090. Free.

OCTOBER

THURSDAY 1

Vieux Carre Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside NE27 0DA. 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

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Maine St Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Sunniside Road, Sunniside NE16 5NA. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:00 -10:00pm. Free. Note earlier start/finish. CANCELLED! Back on October 8

Smoove & Turrell (Unplugged) - Hoochie Coochie, Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. 7:00pm (6:00pm doors). £25.00. Limited capacity, book at www.hoochiecoochie.co.uk.

FRIDAY 2

Smoove & Turrell (Unplugged) - Hoochie Coochie, Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. 7:00pm (6:00pm doors). £25.00. Limited capacity, book at www.hoochiecoochie.co.uk. SOLD OUT!

TBC - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm-10:00pm. Free (donations). Limited capacity. A Blind Pig Blues Club event.

SATURDAY 3

Emma Wilson Blues Band - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7DN. 8:00pm. Limited capacity, in the first instance register for the live stream (£5.45.) at: www.jazzcoop.

SUNDAY 4

Vieux Carre Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. Tel: 0191 691 7090. Free.

Gerry Richardson Quintet - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7DN. 8:00pm. Limited capacity, in the first instance register for the live stream (£5.45.) at: www.jazzcoop. The band’s 25th anniversary celebrations!

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.

Circles features an acoustic guitar. soprano sax front-line.

Santos E Demonios has an acoustic guitar/ flute front-line - and the flute will play a prominent role throughout - with percussion well to the fore.

The title track features more flute and a classical string quartet.

Nereids follows and, at a little over a minute long, features fine choral vocals from Claudia Villela.

Morro da Paixao is my favourite track, featuring a prolific three piece horn section giving propulsion and a slight big band feel, a flugelhorn solo following the guitar solo, the leader comping behind it with the sax and trombone chipping in.

Simpatica is an acoustic guitar, piano duet and I've recently had my head turned to the possibilities of this line-up.

Pixinguinga returns to a classical format, heavy on woodwinds (flute, bass clarinet and oboe) and no rhythm section.

Velha Amizade returns a standard rhythm section plus under-stated percussion, flute and Peixoto switching between acoustic and electric, though firmly on the acoustic side of semi-acoustic.

The penultimate track is Noturna and is a solo acoustic guitar piece which could have been Steve Howe on an early Yes album.

Finally, it's back to some oomph with Balao De Tres, with a great catchy melody, flute coming in for the second run through.  

At forty six minutes, it's a nice length for an album and, with plenty of variety on offer, this is the best album I've reviewed in some time and by a long way.
Already available on CD and digital. 
Steve T.

Ricardo Peixoto - acoustic and electric guitars.

Ken Cook, Marcus Silva (piano); Cliff Hugo, Scott Thompson, Aaron Germain (bass); Rafael Barata, Kendrick Freeman, Mike Shapiro (drums); Bob Afifi (flute); Paul McCandless (soprano sax); Harvey Wainapel (bass clarinet); Jesse Sadoc (flugelhorn); Marcelo Martins (tenor sax); Aldivas Ayres (trombone); Paul Hanson ( bassoon); Kyle Bruchman (oboe), Rob Reich (accordion); Luiz Brasil (tenor guitar, percussion); John Santos, Brian Rice, Ricardo Guerra (percussion); Bernardo Bessler, Priscilla Platea Rato (violins); Marie Christine Bessler (viola); Marcus Ribeiro de Oliveira (cello); Claudia Villela (voice). 

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