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13,348 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 766 of them this year alone and, so far, 40 this month (June 11).

From This Moment On

JUNE

Fri 11: Faye Aspinall @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Solo, ‘postmodern jazz singer’.

Sat 12: Tribute to Gerry Hughes (Tees Hot Club) @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 12 noon (jazz 2:00-3:30pm). £5.00. Outdoor event. Details from 01642 823813.

Sun 13: Vieux Carré Hot Four @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay (12 noon).

Sun 13: Sunday Jazz @ The Radio Rooms, Berwick (2:00pm).

Sun 13: Charlotte Keeffe Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. (8:00pm). £10:00. Advance booking essential at: www.jazz.coop.

Monday, January 25, 2021

Album review: John Pope Quintet - Mixed With Glass

John Pope (double bass); Jamie Stockbridge (alto sax); Faye MacCalman (tenor sax/clarinet);  Graham Hardy (trumpet/pocket trumpet); Johnny Hunter (drums).

Having seen this band a number of times live and being a big fan it was with some excitement and trepidation when I placed their inaugural CD Mixed with Glass into the player. I needn’t have worried within just a few bars I knew this album was a winner and that it was going to deliver the musical experience I had hoped for.

The CD was recorded over a weekend in October on the New Jazz and Improvised Recordings label partially set up to compensate for the cancellation of the 2020 Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music.

Shades of the greats could be found in several of the pieces - Rollins in PlatoColeman in Mish a Miner, electronic Miles in Mixed With Glass. All the musicians perform marvellously both within the ensemble and with solo jewels throughout. The seldom heard clarinet within contemporary jazz provides a refreshing treat whenever MacCalman features it.     


Listening to this album gave me the feel of being at a wild fun fair. Neon lights, Wurlitzers, the big wheel, dodgems and crazy clowns. Happiness and mayhem going off at all angles. However, interspersed among the rollicking  driven tracks are  a couple of ballads to calm things down - the title track  Mixed With Glass and the cinematic Ellingtonesque piece Beautiful Pink (Is Not Ugly) . The album concludes with Country Bears, Come North a slow burner which grows into a most uplifting  finale  leaving the listener completely fulfilled.


This is a not a great first album it is  just simply a great album full stop.   

Steve H


New Jazz and Improvised Recordings.

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