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Postage

16590 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 483 of them this year alone and, so far, 29 this month (July 14).

From This Moment On ...

July

Sat 20: Snake Davis & Helen Watson Duo @ Chopwell Community Centre NE17 7HZ. 7:30pm. £17.50.

Sun 21: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 21: Salty Dog @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 21: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free. Sun 21: The Big Easy @ The White Room, Stanley. 5:00pm.
Sun 21: Ben Crosland Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 22: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 23: Nomade Swing Trio @ Newcastle House Hotel, Rothbury. 7:30pm. £10.00. Tickets from Tully’s of Rothbury or at the door (cash only). A Coquetdale Jazz event.

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: The Ronnie Scott’s Story @ The Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Wed 24: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 24: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Cafédral, Owengate, Durham. 9:00pm. £9.00. & £6.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event.

Thu 25: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. Ragtime piano. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 25: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Garry Hadfield (keys); Noel Dennis (tpt); Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Adrian Beadnell (bass).
Thu 25: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Cafédral, Owengate, Durham. 9:00pm. £9.00. & £6.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event.

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: Stuart Turner @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Fri 26: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Cafédral, Owengate, Durham. 9:00pm. £9.00. & £6.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event.
Fri 26: Bold Big Band @ Old Coal Yard, Byker, Newcastle. 9:30pm. A Newcastle Fringe Festival event.

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Album review: Kemuel Roig - Genesis

In case anyone was in doubt, a glance at the personnel will give them a strong indication of where the inspiration for the music comes from - Cuba!

Of all the Latin countries, and I include Brazil in this wide statement, none has merged its indigenous music and rhythms with jazz as seamlessly as Cuba whilst, at the same time retaining its identity. The proof, if proof were needed, can be found in this exciting album.

Pianist Roig, who spent the past 8 years touring with Arturo Sandoval, came to the United States as a 12 year old in 2002. Although this is his first jazz release under his own name over the past 18 years living in Miami he has appeared and recorded with names such as Al Di Meola, Isaac Delgado and Brian Lynch among others. His piano work delights as he traces his Cuban roots and traditions to the present time.

As in so much Cuban music the trumpet plays a major role. Padron's feature on Pare Cochero (which translates as "stop coachman") transports us to the streets of Havana at jazz festival time. Brecker's equally virtuosic performance on Conversation takes us back to the mainland but hey! Miami's almost Cuba si?

Ed Calle has a tenor blast on All God's Chillun Got Rhythm and  Mercy Brass provide extra power here and on several other tracks. Chris Potter kicks in with more tenor on Inner Urge and Milton Sesenton provides the orchestral string backing on All For You with the compulsive percussion reminding us where we are.

Café Con Leche is mainly piano blended with some spiky double bass. Maybe it's coffee shop music but it's coffee to die for.

Kendrick (Blessed Child) is dedicated to one of the pianist's two sons and is suitably emotional. The Prayer reflects Roig's spirituality and, no surprise, has a gospel feel about it building up to a powerful climax that left me quite breathless and not sure whether I wanted to go to church or to Cuba.

Lance

Kemuel Roig (piano/keys/perc); Randy Brecker, Julio Padron, (trumpets); Chris Potter, Ed Calle (tenor sax); Alain Perez, Joel Hermandez (vocals); Lowell Ringel (bass); Hilario Bell (drums/perc); Jose "Majito" Agulera (perc) + 

Mercy BrassOsvaldo Fleites, Gerardo Rodriguez ; Bayron Ramos (trombone); Roylan Vazquez (tenor sax); Milton Sesenton (orchestra/arranger/conductor).

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