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Postage

16382 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 262 of them this year alone and, so far, 59 this month (April 20).

From This Moment On ...

April

Wed 24: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 24: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 24: Sinatra: Raw @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm. Richard Shelton.
Wed 24: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 24: Death Trap @ Theatre Royal, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Rambert Dance Co. Two pieces inc. Goat (inspired by the music of Nina Simone) with on-stage musicians.

Thu 25: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 25: Jim Jams @ King’s Hall, Newcastle University. 1:15pm. Jim Jams’ funk collective.
Thu 25: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm.
Thu 25: Death Trap @ Theatre Royal, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Rambert Dance Co. Two pieces inc. Goat (inspired by the music of Nina Simone) with on-stage musicians.
Thu 25: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Jazz Orchestra @ Arc, Stockton. 8:00pm.
Thu 25: Kate O’Neill, Alan Law & Paul Grainger @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 25: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Neil Brodie (trumpet); Adrian Beadnell (bass); Garry Hadfield (keys).

Fri 26: Graham Hardy Quartet @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm. £8.00.
Fri 26: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 26: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 26: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 26: East Coast Swing Band @ Morpeth Rugby Club. 7:30pm. £9.00. (£8.00 concs).
Fri 26: Paul Skerritt with the Danny Miller Big Band @ Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Fri 26: Abbie Finn’s Finntet @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. Opus 4 Jazz Club.

Sat 27: Abbie Finn Trio @ The Vault, Darlington. 6:00pm. Free.
Sat 27: Papa G’s Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 28: Musicians Unlimited @ Jackson’s Wharf, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 28: More Jam Festival Special @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free. A ’10 Years a Co-op’ festival event.
Sun 28: Swing Dance workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00-4:00pm. Free (registration required). A ’10 Years a Co-op’ festival event.
Sun 28: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 28: Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox: The '10' Tour @ Glasshouse International Centre for Music, Gateshead. 7:30pm. £41.30 t0 £76.50.
Sun 28: Alligator Gumbo @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ’10 Years a Co-op’ festival event.
Sun 28: Jerron Paxton @ The Cluny, Newcastle. Blues, jazz etc.

Mon 29: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Mon 29: Michael Young Trio @ The Engine Room, Sunderland. 6:30-8:30pm. Free. ‘Opus de Funk’ (a tribute to Horace Silver).

Tue 30: Celebrate with Newcastle Jazz Co-op. 5:30-7:00pm. Free.
Tue 30: Swing Manouche @ Newcastle House Hotel, Rothbury. 7:30pm. A Coquetdale Jazz event.
Tue 30: Clark Tracey Quintet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ’10 Years a Co-op’ festival event.

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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