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14226 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 445 of them this year alone and, so far, 45 this month (May 13).

From This Moment On ...

May.

Tue 17: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Stu Collingwood, Paul Grainger, Abbie Finn.

Wed 18: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 18: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 18: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 18: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 19: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 19: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 19: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Thu 19: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 19: 58 Jazz Collective @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm. TBC.

Fri 20: Andrea Vicari Trio @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. Vicari (piano), Andy Champion (double bass), Abbie Finn (drums).
Fri 20: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 20: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 20: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 20: Swing Bridge @ Garden House Coffee, Hallgate, Hexham. 4:05pm.
Fri 20: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Fri 20: Customs House Big Band w Ruth Lambert @ Exchange, North Shields. 7:30pm.
Fri 20: Andrea Vicari Trio @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. £12.00. Opus 4 Jazz Club. Vicari (piano), Andy Champion (double bass), Abbie Finn (drums).

Sat 21: Elkie Brooks @ Whitley Bay Playhouse. 7:30pm.
Sat 21: Jools Holland’s R & B Orchestra @ The Hippodrome, Darlington. 7:30pm.
Sat 21: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 22 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 22: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 22: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 22: Abstract Orchestra plays J Dilla @ Wylam Brewery, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Sun 22: Panharmonia @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

Mon 23: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Sunday, February 02, 2020

CD Review: Nigel Hitchcock - Hitchgnosis

Nigel Hitchcock (Alto/Soprano Sax): Chris Dagley (Drums); Miles Bould (Percussion); Laurence Cottle (Fretless Bass) + Hitchgnosis Orchestra/Symphony Orchestra of Marat Bisengaliev (tracks 3, 8 & 11).

(Review by Steve H)

Nigel Hitchcock seems to have been around forever, his first solo album (Snake Ranch Sessions) was recorded in 1997 his second (Smoothitch) in 2013. His latest album, Hitchgnosis, is his most ambitious to date incorporating a symphony orchestra in addition to a rhythm section  of electric bass, drums and percussion.

In-between times Hitchcock has played saxophone solos on numerous pop albums, TV ads and film scores. No doubt these experiences influenced his approach on this, his latest jazz work.

It is only fair that I confess early on that I am not a great fan of orchestral music, be it Brahms, Beethoven or for that the matter The Beatles. One of the few exceptions to this rule is the fabulous Bird with Strings so I was not without hope when given this album to review. Unfortunately, for me this album fits into my first list rather than the second.

This album was inspired by Hitchcock’s 5 year stay on the Island of Skye and, by his own admission, was influenced by New Age books quantum physics and AI.

Hitchcock is a tremendous soloist and writes some lovely melodies. I enjoyed the playing of the rhythm section and there were fine solo from various instrumentalists throughout. Various styles and genres are incorporated from the very cinematic Enki’s Dream, through a tango Heart in a Tango, the folksy Panharmonia, the ballad Blaven Mist and finally the blues logically titled Skye Blues.

For those who like cinematic, melodic,  orchestral jazz this may be the album for you sadly for me when it comes to symphony orchestras and jazz  I feel much the same as Mark Twain when he said  ‘golf is a good walk spoiled’
Steve H

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