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Rupert Burley (Dynamic Agency): "BSH just goes from strength to strength".

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14250 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 469 of them this year alone and, so far, 69 this month (May 19).

From This Moment On ...

May.

Sat 21: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Market Place, Darlington. 11:00am - 3:00pm. All star line-up!
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. CANCELLED!
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.

Wed 25: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 25: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 25: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 25: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 26: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 26: Deep Pope + Garner & Pope @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm. £7.00.
Thu 26: 58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 26: Knats @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Thu 26: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Orchestra @ Arc, Stockton. 8:00pm.
Thu 26: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 26: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 27: Alice Grace Quartet @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Fergus McCreadie Trio @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7:30pm.

Sat 28: Jack Logan & the Swing Section @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Saturday, April 25, 2020

CD Review: Bruno Heinen Trio - Out of Doors

Bruno Heinen (piano/Fender Rhodes); Andrea Di Biase (bass); 
Gene Calderazzo  (drums) 
(Review by Chris K)  

Make no mistake, some clever and significant stuff here from the Professor of Jazz Piano at Trinity Laban.  Heinen’s erudition is well established: his parents worked with Stockhausen in the 1970s, and a previous album saw his sextet work over Stockhausen’s Tierkreis (12 Signs of the Zodiac). With the pianist’s roots in impressionist classical music, this album is a suite using the same eight Hungarian folk melodies used by Bartók for his 1920 Op. 20, 8 Improvisations.   

So, you might imagine my trepidation listening to this new CD, and new trio, for the first time – thanks Lance!  

My fears were confirmed by the first track, What Happens Now?,  with sparse and repetitive piano over free drums, held together by the smoother bass of classically trained Di Biase, who also has a top pedigree in European jazz, having been part of Kenny Wheeler’s last group. 

The second, Devils’ Ditty,  is also far from straight ahead, with a nursery-rhyme scale tossed between piano and bass and twisted in time and structure, building to a frenzied drums and bass work out. Fool in the Grave stretches to long sections of arco bass, stretching my patience in the process.

The Wave, followed working a conversation between fragmented bass and piano over militaristic snare patterns from the lively Calderazzo.  

The second four tracks are a revelation though – and much easier listening, thank God! Look Before You Leap reprises the scale motif, but this time with a groove and lively counterpoint between Fender Rhodes and bass.  Past/present showcases Heinen’s distinctive playing style: blocky chords interspersed with right hand chords and runs – all in dreamily shifting metres, yet retaining a groove.  

The best is kept till last: the final tracks are up there with the most engaging and beautiful you could hope to hear. Mirror indulges Heinen’s solo piano, with limpid meanders evoking a pastoral Kit Downes. The closer, Homecoming, is a skipping and swirling romp in five (and/or seven?!) with the band intimately locked in to the catchiest tune you could imagine – most unexpected after the early numbers! 

Optimistically, the band plan to tour,  passing through Gosforth Civic Theatre on Thursday 2 July although that remains to be seen. I’d certainly give them a go on the basis of the second half of this album!  
Chris Kilsby 
Release date: 22.05.2020 Heinen Records HRBHCD01     Recorded September 2019  

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