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Postage

16542 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 422 of them this year alone and, so far, 29 this month (June 17).

From This Moment On ...

June

Fri 21: Alan Barnes with Dean Stockdale Trio @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. SOLD OUT!
Fri 21: Joe Steels’ Borealis @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm. £8.00.
Fri 21: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 21: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 21: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 21: Soznak @ The Bike Garden, Nunsmoor, Newcastle NE4 5NU. 5:00-9:00pm. Free.
Fri 21: Errol Linton + Michael Littlefield & Scott Taylor (King Bees) @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle. 7:30pm. £20.00. Blues double bill.
Fri 21: Alan Barnes with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ Seventeen Nineteen, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Fri 21: Strictly Smokin’ Big Band @ Alnwick Playhouse. 8:00pm. ‘Ella & Ellington’.
Fri 21: Mark Toomey Quartet @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. Opus 4 Jazz Club.

Sat 22: Jason Isaacs @ Stack, Seaburn SR6 8AA. 12:30-2:30pm. Free.
Sat 22: Abbie Finn Trio @ The Vault, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free.
Sat 22: Hejira: Celebrating Joni Mitchell @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £22.50.
Sat 22: Rockin’ Turner Bros. @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 23: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 23: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free.
Sun 23: Matt Carmichael @ St Mary’s Church, Wooler. 3:00pm. Carmichael (saxophone), Fergus McCreadie (piano), Charlie Stewart (fiddle). ‘Scottish jazz, folk-roots & landscape’ Wooler Arts: Summer Concerts.
Sun 23: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 23: Tweed River Jazz Band @ Barrels Ale House, Berwick. 7:00pm. Free.
Sun 23: Bede Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 23: Leeway @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Sun 23: Jazz Jam @ Fabio’s Bar, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Mon 24: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Mon 24: Remy CB @ The Hoppings, Newcastle Town Moor NE2 3NH. 5:00-7:00pm.

Tue 25: Louise Dodds & Elchin Shirinov @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Wed 26: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 26: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 26: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 27: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 27: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Jazz Orchestra @ Arc, Stockton. 8:00pm.
Thu 27: The Joni Project @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Joni Mitchell.
Thu 27: Lindsay Hannon’s Tom Waits for No Man @ Harbour View, Roker, Sunderland. 8:00pm.
Thu 27: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. Ragtime piano. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 27: Loco House Band @ Bar Loco, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free.
Thu 27: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Neil Brodie (trumpet); Garry Hadfield (keys); Adrian Beadnell (bass)

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Album Review: The Dave Ingham Group – A Sea of Green

Dave Ingham (saxes, bells, flute); Stephen Mynott (guitar); Vilem Hais (double bass); Azzy King (drums, percussion)

Dave Ingham, a musician/bandleader based in East Anglia, formed The Dave Ingham Group in 2010 and this studio album, recorded in Beccles, celebrates their tenth anniversary.  All compositions are by Dave Ingham.

With a playing time of just over 30 minutes the album is relatively compact, but as we know at Bebop Spoken Here, small is beautiful!  Upstream commences with drum, bass then guitar setting the rhythm and finally Ingham’s flowing soprano weaving a fluid melodic line over the top.  The rhythm section are let out to play for a short interlude in the middle.  Straw Dogs commences with a slow menacing rhythm from drums, bass and guitar.  Ingham, again on soprano, soars over the top with extended arpeggiation.  There is a fine solo from Hais on bass at the centre.

Bass and guitar lead into the title track, A Sea of Green, with resonant cymbal work from King.  The rhythm puts one in mind of the slow ebb and flow of waves on a pebbled beach.  Ingham plays both tenor and soprano, with some double tracking.  An extended guitar solo from Mynott allows him to demonstrate his technique to the full.  At over nine minutes this is the longest track on the album and pivotal.

Hometown Blues features Mynott’s guitar from the beginning.  Ingham joins on tenor well into the piece.  A guitar feature follows, with an air of call and response with the horn.  The final track, Race to the Sun ups the tempo again, Ingham’s tenor over a driving rhythm.  Here drummer, Azzy King gets to show off on his own – well for a short period, at least! We also get to hear Ingham on flute (with electronic effects) and added experimentation from Mynott on guitar.  The track fades to a close.  You think it’s all over, it is now!

All in all, this is a neat little package, with something for everyone.  The press release suggests there are elements of “classic cool 50s and 60s jazz melded with world and African jazz”.  Very subtle hints of the latter two possibly, with a decent dose of cool I’d say.

A Sea of Green is released as a CD on July 3.  Demonstration tracks may be sampled and the CD can be ordered from Dave Ingham’s website.  There is also a link on the site to a download of the album from CD Baby, but the link leads to an information page with the following message:  “CD Baby retired our music store in March of 2020 in order to place our focus entirely on the tools and services that are most meaningful to musicians today and tomorrow”.by 

Hugh C

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