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Postage

15056 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 75 of them this year alone and, so far, 75 this month (Jan. 25).

From This Moment On ...

January

Sat 28: Tyneside Improvisers Workshop @ Ye Olde Cross, Ryton. 2:00-4:00pm. All welcome.
Sat 28: Secular Sounds in a Sacred Place @ Holy Cross Church, Ryton. 4:30-7:00pm. £10.00. Continuous performance featuring: Christian Alderson, Faye MacCalman, Sally Pilkington, John Pope. Event preceded by a Tyneside Improvisers Workshop (2:00pm, see above).
Sat 28: Entartete Musik @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. A Brundibár Arts Festival event. SOLD OUT!

Sun 29: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.

Sat 28: Revolutionaires @ Brandling Villa, South Gosforth, Newcastle. 9:00pm. Rhythm & blues band.

Sun 29: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 29: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 29: Revolutionaires @ Greens, Low Row, Sunderland. 6:00pm. Rhythm & blues band with a horn section (inc. Pete Tanton).
Sun 29: Hypnotic Brass Band @ Cluny, Newcastle. 7:00pm (doors). £20.00.
Sun 29: Jam No.12 @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. Durham University Jazz Society jam session. All welcome (students & non-students).
Sun 29: Origin @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 30: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 31: ???

February

Wed 01: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 01: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 01: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 01: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 01: Moonlight Serenade Orchestra UK: Glenn Miller & Big Band Spectacular @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm.

Thu 02: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 02: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 2:30-4:30pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 02: Paul Skerritt Duo @ Tomahawk Steakhouse, High St., Yarm. 8:00pm.
Thu 02: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

CD/LP/Digital Review: Andre Canniere - Ghost Days

Andre Canniere (trumpet, flugelhorn), Tori Freestone (tenor sax), Brigitte Beraha (voice), Rick Simpson (piano/keyboards), Tom Farmer (double bass), Andrew Bain (drums)
(Review by Chris K)

A gem of an album, and a multi-faceted gem at that, from the UK-based US trumpeter Andre Canniere on his fourth album for the adventurous ten-year old Whirlwind Recordings label.

The leader/composer stars with thoughtful elegy and wholesome inflected tunes, topped off with energetic but controlled soloing. However,  a lot of space is given to Tori Freestone's soaring lines on tenor, the excellent Rick Simpson on piano, and of course the remarkable Brigitte Beraha on vocals. A sure footed and agile rhythm section provide an ever-shifting variety of platforms, ranging from pensive and spacious through clever pop (think Everything Everything), anthemic prog, all the way to full on jazz blowing.

Beraha has drawn comparisons with Norma Winstone and indulges in remarkable (but tasteful!) bouts of voice-as-instrument yelping. I found her closer here to Dido, expressive but clear, and with her own distinctive style perfectly matched to the material, the first six tracks being based on poems from collaborating writers Malika Booker and Rebecca Lynch.  

The overall emotion, meaning and mood is a further facet - from the album notes: "The songs deal with loss, anxiety and disappointment, but are leavened with humour and a powerful sense of hope".   Given that the opener (Suicides) deals with dead ladybirds, it is quite a trick to pull off an optimistic airy feel, which recurs throughout the album!

Colours sets off with a gorgeous ensemble repeated rhythmic romp, soon joined by Beraha, and climaxing with a trumpet workout with echoes of '70s Nucleus or Miles.   Erasure starts slowly and builds into a captivating vocal improvisation before stretching out into a trumpet led finale.

My Star is languid and open, infused with yearning and gorgeous lines played on trumpet as well as a perfectly crafted solo from Simpson on piano.  Arrival is brooding and intense building to a supercharged breakout from Freestone resolving to a gorgeous catharsis. One More Down sees Simpson chart an adventurous solo over a tricky jazz-rock groove.

The instrumental finale, Endure, was a single take from a new arrangement, and falls more into conventional contemporary jazz territory, albeit overlaid with a strong, relaxed trumpet line.

This is top notch writing, playing and singing - immensely sophisticated but fresh and natural with honesty and humour throughout.  More please !

Highly recommended - try buy  link.
Release date: 14.02.2020 

Unfortunately only touring  in the benighted south - to us, Manchester, Liverpool, Nottingham and Birmingham are considered as much south as London and Poole!
Chris.  

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