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SEPTEMBER

IT IS ADVISABLE TO CHECK IN ADVANCE WITH THE VENUE THAT THE GIG IS ON

THURSDAY 24

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

Abbie Finn Trio - Gosforth Civic Theatre, Regent Farm Road, Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3HD. Tel: 0191 284 3700. 7:30pm. Donations on the night. To book a table (max four people from one household/support bubble) visit: www.gosforthcivictheatre.co.uk.

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

FRIDAY 25

SouLutions Sistas - Hoochie Coochie, Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. 8:30pm (7:00pm doors). £10.00. SOLD OUT!

SATURDAY 26

Boys of Brass - Tyne Bank Brewery, Walker Road, Newcastle NE6 2AB. Tel: 0191 265 2828. 7:00pm. £10.00. + £1.37 bf for table for two. Other packages available. See www.tynebankbrewery.co.uk.

SUNDAY 27

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

Monday, March 23, 2020

CD Review: Carla Bley, Andy Sheppard, Steve Swallow - Life Goes On

Carla Bley (piano); Andy Sheppard (soprano/tenor saxes);  Steve Swallow (bass guitar).
(Review by Martin)

There was minimal chance that this would be an impartial review as I have been a fan of AS since his early days as a live performer and I have seen him play many times. 

A particularly memorable gig, a walk-around solo concert in Lanercost Priory in 2019, was reviewed on BSH at the time by David Gosling, who concluded, "audience members who were there principally because it was a fundraiser for the Priory were largely won over to "jazz" by  his extraordinary talent."  


I was prompted on being asked to review this CD by Lance to check my (sadly) rarely visited disc library to do a headcount. AS ranks fourth, behind Miles, Mingus and "Bean". 

As for this album, well it comes across as three brilliant musicians having a great time, enjoying each others company and creating lovely music without any sense of artifice. Sheppard's clear, beautiful, almost ethereal tone is one of the most distinctive sounds in contemporary jazz. 

Bley is sympathetic as an accompanist and throws in some seriously sophisticated solos, sounding almost "Monkish" at times. 

Steve Swallow's bass playing is exemplary. These three have played together for many years and it shows. My favourite track is probably the last one, Copycat, but I found all of the music delightful. A real pleasure.
Martin

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1 comment :

martinrp said...

Sorry for the typo. The Lanercost gig was 2009!

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