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In the current climate we are doing our best to keep everyone up to date. All gigs, as we all know, are off.

However, good old YouTube has plenty to offer both old and new to help us survive whilst housebound. Plus now is a good time to stock up on your CDs.

Also, keep an eye out for live streaming sessions.

Alternatively, you could do as they do in Italy and sing from your balcony.

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As we all know there are no live gigs taking place in the immediate future. However, any links to jazz streaming that are deemed suitable - i.e. with a professional approach - will be considered for posting.

Tuesday, October 01, 2019

CD Review: Paulo Dias Duarte Overground Collective - Super Mario

(Review by Steve H)

Many of the participants of this collective will be familiar to Tyneside jazz audiences*. In fact you could split the orchestra into two teams of nine:-  one team consisting of those musicians I have seen and the other team those that I haven’t. Included in this second nine would be bandleader and composer London-based Portuguese guitarist Paulo Dias Duarte.

Following a short intro, the album comprises 7 tunes, logically named Parts 1 to VII.   


Given the reputation that most of the musicians on the disc come from shall we say the freer side of the jazz spectrum? I expected this album to be the sort of thing that BSH supremo Lance would run a mile from but it is surprisingly melodious and easy to listen to. Full of fascinating interactions between the various sections of the orchestra, punctuated by individual solos and maintaining a constant groove this is the sort of music that gives free jazz a good name. In fact the more I listen to this album the better it gets, Touring an eighteen piece jazz orchestra must be a logistical nightmare but I hope sometime it happens because I can only imagine that seeing them live would be absolutely amazing.

This is a really tremendous piece of work full of life and vigour and I thoroughly recommend it to everyone no matter what side of the jazz divide they reside.
Steve H

Available on the Babel label. - details.

Chris Williams (alto, soprano sax/flute); Julie Kjær (alto sax/ flute); Rachel Musson (tenor sax/flute); Mike Lesirge (tenor sax); Cath Roberts (baritone sax); Tom Ward (clarinet,/bass clarinet); Noel Langley, Yazz Ahmed (trumpet/flugelhorn); Andre Canniere, Chris Batchelor (trumpet); Paul Taylor Raph Clarkson (trombone); Olivir Haylet (bass trombone); Ben Kelly (sousaphone); Paulo Dias Duarte (guitar); Dave O’Brian (keys); Jason Simpson (bass); Jon Scott (drums).

*Yazz Ahmed can be heard at Gosforth Civic Theatre this Friday (Oct. 4) as part of the Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music 2019.

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