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The Strictly Smokin' Big Band included Be Bop Spoken Here (sic) in their 5 Favourite Jazz Blogs.
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14454 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 732 of them this year alone and, so far, 30 this month (August 11).

From This Moment On ...

August

Thu 18: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 18: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 18: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Thu 18: Newcastle Jazz Festival @ Bridge Hotel, Newcastle. Strictly Smokin’ Big Band. 7:00pm. Free (four-day festival ticket £40.00.). www.newcastlejazzfestival.co.uk.
Thu 18: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm. Guests: Dave Archbold (keys); Dan Johnson (sax); Josh Bentham (sax); Bill Watson (trumpet); Ron Smith (bass)

Fri 19: Jo Harrop & Jamie McCredie @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. SOLD OUT!
Fri 19: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 19: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 19: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri. 19: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Ayr Jazz Club, Fairfield House Hotel, Fairfield Rd, AYR KA7 2AS. 7:30pm. For accommodation call the hotel on 01292 267461. For tickets call Ayr Jazz Club Secretary, Stuart McLean, on 01292 590773.
Fri 19: Jo Harrop & Jamie McCredie @ St Cuthbert’s Centre, Crook. 7:30pm.
Fri 19: Newcastle Jazz Festival @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Harry Keeble Duo + Northern Monkey Brass Band. £15.00. (four-day festival ticket £40.00.). www.newcastlejazzfestival.co.uk.
Fri 19: Mo Scott @ The Millstone, South Gosforth, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Scott w Gary Dunn, Neil Harland & Paul Smith.

Sat 20: Newcastle Jazz Festival @ Tyne Bank Brewery, Newcastle. All day event (from 1:30pm): Riviera Effect + Alter Ego + Graham Hardy Quartet + Jo Harrop & Jamie McCredie + Ivo Neame Quartet. £17.00. (four-day festival ticket £40.00.). www.newcastlejazzfestival.co.uk.
Sat 20: Anth Purdy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free (donations).
Sat 20: Boys of Brass @ Brandling Villa, South Gosforth, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 21 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 21: Newcastle Jazz Festival @ Tyne Bank Brewery, Newcastle. All day event (from 1:30pm): Lindsay Hannon & Alan Law + Knats + David Gray’s Flextet + Ben Gilbert Trio + Emma Rawicz. £17.00. (four-day festival ticket £40.00.). www.newcastlejazzfestival.co.uk.
Sun 21: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.

Mon 22: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 23: FILM: Space is the Place @ Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle. 6:25pm. Dir. John Coney (1974). Starring Sun Ra!
Tue 23: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Durham. 7:00pm. Free (to reserve a table phone 0191 386 5556).
Tue 23: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Steve Glendinning, Paul Grainger, Abbie Finn.

Wed 24: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 24: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 24: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Monday, September 07, 2020

Album review: Rob Barron Trio - From This Moment On.

Rob Barron (piano); Jeremy Brown (bass); Josh Morrison (drums).

Way back when, if the label read Blue Note, Prestige or Contemporary, American jazz record buyers knew they were getting the best. Over here, Vogue, Esquire and Tempo ensured British listeners didn't miss out either.

Fast forward to today and one of the labels carrying the baton and threatening to lap the field is Ubuntu Music who have produced  many outstanding albums of which this is one of the best.

It may be thought that the jazz piano trio, particularly one playing standards, was long past its sell-by date. I mean to say, after Earl Hines, Teddy Wilson, Art Tatum, Bud Powell, Oscar Peterson, Errol Garner, Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett etc. what's left?

Well, there's Rob Barron for starters ...

The piano is an instrument of such diversity that the permutations of notes and chords are forever available for experimentation and Barron does this beautifully.  The explorative nature of the ballads, the fast and loose swingers, the inbetweeners, all indicate that here is a pianist (and composer) to be reckoned with. 

Lover Man is not given the poignancy normally associated with the tune, instead it's sent on a roller coaster ride that takes nothing away from the original melody despite being far removed from the composer's intent. But that's what I like abouut the album. You recognise the title but it doesn't always turn out to be as you expected. This is the beauty of playing standards. Even if a song has been done 99 different ways the creative artist will still discover the 100th way to tackle it. Bill Evans had that quality and, on the evidence of this album, so has Rob Barron.

Ably aided and abetted by Brown and Morrison, this is one disc I couldn't wait to play again.
Lance

Lover Man; Pure Imagination; My Foolish Heart; Butch and Butch; Fortune Green (original); In a Sentimental Mood; From This Moment on; As Time Goes By; Evidently (original); A Time For Love.

Available Oct. 2 on Ubuntu Music UBU064.

1 comment :

Jen said...

I've just seen this write up and it brought back very happy memories of one of Tristan Maillot's Loire Jazz Courses I attended in 2014 with Anita Wardell leading the vocalists. Our piano accompaniment was Rob Barron and Barry Green - I certainly didn't realise then just how lucky I was!! So I have just listened to the recording I have of me singing Speak Low and Here Comes that Rainy Day with Rob. Thanks Lance for the review.

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