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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 30, 2020

CD Review: Chris Mapp - Stillefelt

Chris Mapp (bass/electronics); Percy Pursglove (trumpet); Thomas Seminar Ford (guitar/ electronics).
(Review  by Richard Waddington).

Chris Mapp has named this band Stillefelt, meaning 'Quiet Field' in Norwegian, to distinguish it from his apparently far more raucous band Gonimoblast.

While it may initially seem like ideal background music, it actually bears concentrated listening and is appropriately short to maintain interest throughout.

Jazzwise have described the band as 'ambient experimentation' and it's only the presence of the trumpet and the pedigree of the three band members which signpost it as jazz, together with a preponderance for free improvisation.

There are lots of sound effects and soundscapes, heavily featuring guitar pedals, coming in and out in waves, with Pursglove circular breathing, and the whole thing is at its best when his splendid trumpet sound takes centre stage, which it does periodically throughout the album, but the quieter moments, while standing on their own, also enhance the whole.

Whether it bears repeated listening remains to be seen as it isn't the sort of thing that generally interests me, but if the world reopens quite soon, I'm sufficiently interested to head to the Lescar in Sheffield on July 8 or Manchester's Whiskey Jar on the 20th to see how the whole thing works live. I've no doubt it would go down a storm in Newcastle.

Anybody for whom this really isn't their thing should maybe check out Gonimoblast.

The album's available from April 3 on digital download and limited CD. 

Richard Waddington.   

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