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Holly Cooper, Mouthpiece Music: "Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"

Postage

15056 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 75 of them this year alone and, so far, 75 this month (Jan. 25).

From This Moment On ...

January

Mon 30: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 31: ???

February

Wed 01: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 01: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 01: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 01: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 01: Moonlight Serenade Orchestra UK: Glenn Miller & Big Band Spectacular @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm.

Thu 02: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 02: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 2:30-4:30pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 02: Paul Skerritt Duo @ Tomahawk Steakhouse, High St., Yarm. 8:00pm.
Thu 02: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm. Guests: Dave Archbold (keys); Josh Bentham (tenor sax); Donna Hewwitt (alto sax); Adrian Beadnell (bass).

Fri 03: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 03: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 03: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 03: Abbie Finn Trio @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm.
Fri 03: Dilutey Juice @ Bobik's, Punch Bowl, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Fri 03: Smoove & Turrell @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £25.00.
Fri 03: TBA @ Prohibiton Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Blind Pig Blues Club.

Sat 04: Alligator Gumbo @ St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm.
Sat 04: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: John Pope - Up Your Rhythm Game. £25.00. Enrol at: www.jazz.coop.
Sat 04: King Bees @ Grainger Market, Newcastle. 6:30pm (doors). Live music, comedy, DJs, food stalls. £10.00. advance, £15.00. on the door. Blues band King Bees on stage 9:45-11:15pm. A Great Market Caper event.
Sat 04: Jives Aces @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7:30pm.
Sat 04: Renegade Brass Band @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors).
Sat 04: Rendezvous Jazz @ Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm. £3.00.

Sun 05 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 05: Rivkala @ Cumberland Arms, Newcastle. 6:00pm.
Sun 05: Jive Aces @ Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Sun 05: Dale Storr @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Monday, March 15, 2021

Album review: Dan Blake - Da Fe

Dan Blake (tenor, soprano sax); Carmen Staaf (piano, Fender Rhodes); Leo Genovese (piano/synthesizers); Dmitry Ishenko  (acoustic and electric bass); Jeff Williams (drums).  

An intense evocation of the world’s suffering and crises... no easy listening dinner time jazz here! (Thanks Lance).  The NYC based Blake’s latest project proclaims its objectives in the blurb to be drawing attention to climate change, poverty and a whole panoply of the world’s ills.    

 

The all-round virtuoso playing retains some conventional jazz roots, and is mostly bounced along by the veteran NYC and London-based Jeff Williams’ varied swing.  Staaf sets out the spacious, solo Prologuin classical mode with gently cascading chords, and throughout the album delivers deeply pianistic” and sensitive playing.  She alternates with Genovese (last seen up north in Sage One with Jack de Johnette’s Spring Quartet) on synth who adds colour and other worldly feel.   

 

Blake uses soprano to lay out the nearest to a melody you’re going to get, doubled and traded with piano on Cry of the East.   He steps on the gas for Like Fish in Puddles recalling late Coltrane with runs and squalls.  Pain does what it says on the tin, with swirling layered synths, followed by some fine, muscular and angular tenor in tandem with Staaf on The Grifter Multi-tracked saxes take The Cliff into a more avant garde Monk-ish mood 

 

The title track puts the bass up front with noodling electronica making for a moody and unsettled interlude, before the ruminative, calmer Epilogue: It Heals Itself closes the album with some sounds of hope...

 

Altogether quite a ride, maybe not all in one go for the faint-hearted, but plenty here to enjoy and explore.  

Chris K 

 

Try/buy CD, Vinyl, Digital 

Released: 2021 | Record Label: Sunnyside Records. 

Livestream release March 26 – details here 

1 comment :

Russell said...

Quick! Log on to Ronnie Scott's website. This evening's live stream starting at 8:00pm presents Xhosa Cole playing Larry Young's Unity album. Drummer Jeff Williams is on the gig.

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