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13,367 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 785 of them this year alone and, so far, 59 this month (June 16).

From This Moment On

JUNE

Thu 17: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead (8:30pm).

Fri 18: Jazz Jamaica @ Sage Gateshead (8:00pm).

Sat 19: Jude Murphy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle (8:00pm).

Sun 20 Knats @ The Globe, Newcastle (8:00pm). Advance booking essential: www.jazz.coop. SOLD OUT. Livestream available from £7.50.

Mon 21: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club (1:00pm). POSTPONED!

Wed 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club (1:00pm). POSTPONED!

Thu 24: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside 1:00pm).

Thu 24: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead (8:30pm).

Saturday, January 23, 2021

KSTV: Live Playback. Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers "Buhaina's Delight" - Jan. 23


James Copus (trumpet); Daniel Higham (trombone ); Alec Harper (tenor sax); Will Barry (piano); Ferg Ireland (bass); Will Cleasby (drums)
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(Screenshots by Ken Drew)

As on the Blue Note album, Backstage Sally  got the ball rolling (I wonder what became of Sally?) with the horns kicking ass from the off. Barry likewise and Cleasby adding a touch of Blakey's percussive power.

Not surprisingly, Wayne Shorter's ballad Contemplation featured Alec Harper who was in his usual fine form. Amazing how, over the course of these live streams, he's so comfortably stepped into the shoes of, among others, Stan Getz, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins and, tonight, Wayne Shorter.

Bu's Delight was a showcase for Cleasby and he did "Bu" proud albeit not before the others had had their say. This was turning into a cracking session and it was only at the midway point! If this had been a live live gig the audience would still be clapping come Monday morning.

Reincarnation Blues. Was ever a tune more aptly named? Tonight the Messengers were being well and truly reincarnated. This was also when YouTube was suddenly in need of being reincarnated - it just died on me! I didn't try to resuscitate it, instead, I flew on gossamer wings over to Facebook, missing no more than 8 bars, and, for once, F/b was behaving itself!

Shaky Jake. The band agreed that this was their favourite track so, needless to say, it had everyone going for gold and maybe trombonist Higham just shaded this one... 

Moon River seemed, on paper, to be a strange choice to close. It wasn't - it was an uptempo blast that saw Copus blowing like as though he'd just had supper and breakfast with Audrey Hepburn at Tiffany's and Cleasby once more stopping the show. Interestingly, unless I'd fallen asleep - as if! - I can't recall any bass solos. Nevertheless, that didn't detract from Ferg Ireland's contribution to the band he was rock solid.

Blakey Lives!
Lance

3 comments :

Russell said...

If this live stream had been a live gig at Newcastle's Corner House - 'just like the old days, when I was a lad' - the grizzled, 'heard it all before'crowd would have been cheering these lads to the rafters. And, Lance, I think you must have gone to the kitchen to open another bottle of Abbot when Ferg took a great bass solo!

Lance said...

As I'm only indulging in a demi-tasse of Chardonnay tonight it was more likely to have been whilst I was trying to re-establish intergalactic relations with YouTube. My apologies to Ferg.

Patti said...

Lance! Chardonnay? Quel horreur - you should’ve been on the Pinot!

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