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SEPTEMBER

IT IS ADVISABLE TO CHECK IN ADVANCE WITH THE VENUE THAT THE GIG IS ON

THURSDAY 24

Vieux Carre Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside NE27 0DA. 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Abbie Finn Trio - Gosforth Civic Theatre, Regent Farm Road, Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3HD. Tel: 0191 284 3700. 7:30pm. Donations on the night. To book a table (max four people from one household/support bubble) visit: www.gosforthcivictheatre.co.uk.

Maine St Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Sunniside Road, Sunniside NE16 5NA. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:00pm - 10pm. Free. Note earlier start/finish.

FRIDAY 25

SouLutions Sistas - Hoochie Coochie, Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. 8:30pm (7:00pm doors). £10.00. SOLD OUT!

SATURDAY 26

Boys of Brass - Tyne Bank Brewery, Walker Road, Newcastle NE6 2AB. Tel: 0191 265 2828. 7:00pm. £10.00. + £1.37 bf for table for two. Other packages available. See www.tynebankbrewery.co.uk.

SUNDAY 27

Vieux Carre Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. Tel: 0191 691 7090. Free.

Sunday, September 06, 2020

Album review: Rez Abbasi - Django-shift

Rez Abbasi (guitars); Neil Alexander (organ/electronics/synths); Michael Sarin (drums).

The first time I played this I recoiled in horror!  How could they do this to the memory of Europe's most legendary jazz musician? This was the equivalent of hanging your dirty washing on somebody else's line!

Sacrilege! 


I listened again and it occurred to my that I had had my ears in the wrong direction! I was expecting yesterday and thought I was hearing tomorrow when, in actual fact, upon the third hearing what I was listening to - and warming to by the minute - was very much of today.

In my defence, it was a case of pre-judgment. You see a list of tunes and you imagine guitars chugging away à la Hot Club never crossing your mind that these compositions aren't caught in a time-warp but, like the works of Gershwin, Porter, Berlin and all the rest, they are timeless.

This opened my eyes. I forgot about Stephane, Django and his brothers and took it aboard for what it is.

A modern jazz, groove based, version of some great songs by a trio that doesn't insult the originals but, by adding their own input, puts them into the context of today's music.

Rez Abbasi is rapidly moving to the forefront of contemporary guitarists, and to his credit, he has glanced over his shoulder...
Worth checking out.
Lance

Diminishing; Swing 42; Heavy Artillery; Django's Castle; Anniversary Song; Cavalerie; Douce Ambiance; Hungaria; September Song.

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