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13,490 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 908 of them this year alone and, so far, 72 this month (July 23).

From This Moment On

Fri 23: Emma Fisk's Hot Club du Nord @ Gala Theatre & Cinema, Durham. 1:00pm. Tickets: £6.00. + £2.00. bf. Tel: 03000 266 600.

Fri 23: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Jazz Orchestra @ Middlesbrough Town Hall. 7:30pm.

Fri 23: Helen Anahita Wilson & Shahbaz Hussain @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 8:00pm. SOLD OUT!

Fri 23 - Sun 25: The Globe Summer Festival @ The Globe, Newcastle. Multi-genre bill (jazz inc. Tenement Jazz Band, Nishla Smith). Various ticket options (live stream option available) see: www.jazz.coop.

Sat 24: Youth Ensembles present St Cuthbert Suite @ Sage Gateshead. 7:30pm. Composer Paul Edis conducts Folkestra, Jambone, Quay Voices & Young Sinfonia in a new arrangement of his St Cuthbert Suite. AVAILABLE ONLY AS A PRE-RECORDED STREAM ON YOUTUBE AT 7:30PM.

Sat 24: Simon O'Byrne & Paul Grainger @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 25: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.

Sun 25: Emma Johnson's Gravy Boat @ Bobik's, Punch Bowl Hotel, Newcastle. 3:30pm.

Thu 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone North Tyneside. 1:00pm.

Thu 29: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Tonight's Blue Note: Lou Donaldson - The Scorpion.

Lou Donaldson (alto sax); Fred Ballard (trumpet); Melvin Sparks (guitar); Leon Spencer Jr. (organ); Idris Muhammed (drums).

One of the later Blue Notes (1970) the album is, in the main, based around the seventies' disco beat that Donaldson capitalised on with his big dance floor groover - Alligator Boogaloo which is included here.

To be honest,  this isn't the hard driving sax player from his earlier days. Here he has hit a commercial seam and he mines it to the full.


Having said that, he blows funky alto and some nice ballad work on Laura and some swingy playing on The Masquerade is Over. We didn't know it then but this is what eventually morphed into smooth jazz. Not quite yet but the morphing wasn't far away.

Music for a dance party - a dance party these days? - Yes but not one to enjoy whilst social distancing.

I often wonder, when the roll is called up yonder over there, where musicians such as Blue Note hit men Donaldson and Donald Byrd will stand. Will they be on the right hand or the left hand of Parker and Gillespie?

I'll tell you when I find out. In the meantime, The Scorpion is about as dangerous as the family cat.
Lance

1 comment :

Russell said...

What makes you think you're heading there and not the other place?!

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