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Jeremy Pelt: "I'm so much into melodies and into sound, and the presence of sound, that I don't necessarily want to try to play in between the cracks of a note." - (DownBeat November 2020)

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Hudson Music: Lance's "Bebop Spoken Here" is one of the heaviest and most influential jazz blogs in the UK.

Rupert Burley (Dynamic Agency): "BSH just goes from strength to strength".

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12,000 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 12 years ago. 1140 of them this year alone and, so far, 87 this month (Oct. 27).

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

OCTOBER

THURSDAY 29

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

Abbie Finn Trio - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm. Free (donations). Limited capacity (upstairs). It’s Abbie’s birthday!

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

FRIDAY 30

Neil William & Ben Holland - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm-10:00pm. Free (donations). Limited capacity. Jazz standards from the 1920s & 30s.

SATURDAY 31

Alice Grace & Pawel Jedrzejewski - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm-10:00pm. £10.00. Online booking (to book a table). Limited capacity. Alice & Pav join a multi-bill of entertainers (magician etc) to celebrate Prohibition Bar’s fifth anniversary. SOLD OUT!

Tuesday, October 06, 2020

Album review: Juliet Kurtzman & Pete Malinverni - Candlelight: Love in the Time of Cholera

Juliet Kurtzman (violin); Pete Malinverni (piano).

Let's face it, an album that is sub-titled Love in the Time of Cholera doesn't quite grab you in quite the same way as, say, an album called Lady in Satin, A Kind of Blue, In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning or Songs For the Late Hours,  does.

Admittedly, cholera, like measles and gastro-enteritis may no longer, in the current climate, be headlines in The Lancet but, nonetheless, such a title isn't going to inspire you to run down to your friendly neighbourhood record store (Central Arcade, Newcastle) and say to the assistant "Have you got Cholera?" 

The main title, Candlelight, is more descriptive and, along with Candlelight, has four other numbers composed by Bix revealing just how harmonically advanced he was in comparision with his contemporaries. I've often wondered if Duke drew from  Bix's piano compositions - both have been separately linked to Debussy - worthy of further investigation.  

Here the music, whilst in many ways compelling, is never totally jazz. Kurtzman's tone on violin is full and luscious almost viola-like in its sonority - evidence of her symphonic background. However, although it doesn't have the swing, the lilt of Grappelli or, closer to home, Emma Fisk, it's still a good sound.

Malinverni provides the jazz content and it's a collaboration of opposites that succeeds. He also supplies a couple of his own compositions.

A reworking of Coleman Hawkins' reworking of Body and Soul works well - that sentence involved a lot of work - and it is a worthy tribute to the original. Scott Joplin's Solace has a delightful turn of the century tearoom feel to it but it's the Bixian numbers that clinch it for me.

Lance

Contact/listen.

Pulcinella; Candlelight; Oblivion; Davenport Blues; Por Una Cabeza; In the Dark; Solace; Body and Soul; Doce de Coco; In a Mist; Love in the Time of Cholera; Flashes.

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