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13823 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 42 of them this year alone and, so far, 42 this month (Jan. 12).

From This Moment On ...

January 2022

Sat 15: Elsadie & the Bobcats @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm..

Sun 16 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 16: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 16: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 16: Garner-Pope Duo @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

Mon 17: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 19: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 19: Classic Swing @ Venue, Cramlington NE23 6UT. 1:00pm.
Wed 19: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 19: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 19: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 20: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 20: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 21: Emma Fisk & James Birkett @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. POSTPONED!
Fri 21: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: John Law @ Durham Cathedral. 7:30pm. £20.00. POSTPONED!
Fri 21: Dean Stockdale Quartet @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. £8.00. Opus 4 Jazz Club.
Fri 21: Jude Murphy & Dan Stanley @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sat 22: East Coast Swing Band @ East Bedlington Community Centre. 7:30pm. £5.00.
Sat 22: MGB @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. The Milne-Glendinning Band.

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Album review: David Sills Double Guitar Quintet - Natural Lines

David Sills (tenor sax/alto flute); Larry Koonse, Mike Scott (guitar); Blake White (bass); Tim Pleasant (drums).

This one's been hanging around for a couple of months. Every time it gets close to the top of my to play list something sneaks in from left field and pushes it down the pecking order. This may not be so sad an event as the pandemic or the outgoing President's antics but it runs them close - I've ordered my sack cloth and ashes from Amazon (special Black Friday discount).

However, now's the time to make amends for the error of my ways ...

An absolute cracker! The blurb describes Sills as a meeting of Stan Getz and Joe Henderson  which is just about right. Getz's cool detached sound and Henderson's gritty attack merge as one.

My initial reserve I think came from seeing two guitars in the line-up imagining it as being rather muddy water to wade in.

Wrong!

The guitars are empathetic. Socially and musically distanced enough to avoid tripping over each other. As one of them is Larry Koonse I should have known it would be okay - his name is far from unknown on BSH. White is new to me but if Koonse gave him the thumbs up then that's good enough for me! The unison and the contrapuntal passages with sax and guitar are quite amazing 

Apart from sax, Sills is equally delightful on alto flute. A crisp, pure sound on Quiet is the Star.  On Nardis there are moments when he takes it to the extreme - purity disappears although sanity returns! Bass and drums are equally up there to make this as good as any straight ahead jazz you're likely to hear. Just had a thought, if jazz isn't straight ahead jazz is it still jazz?

Tomorrow this goes onto the car stereo and it will take something extra special to replace it. But, hang on, if this is playing in the Chev, how am I going to concentrate on the oncoming traffic and the bends in the road?

Highly recommended for non-drivers.

Usual suspects.

Lance

Minor Mode; Sync or Swim; Sonny's Side; Quiet is the Star; Lover Man; Foggy Daze; Mellow Stone; Nardis; Jones'  Tones; All the Little Things; Outside Corner; Interplay.

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