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Postage

14250 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 469 of them this year alone and, so far, 69 this month (May 19).

From This Moment On ...

May.

Wed 25: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 25: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 25: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 25: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 26: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 26: Deep Pope + Garner & Pope @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm. £7.00.
Thu 26: 58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 26: Knats @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Thu 26: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Orchestra @ Arc, Stockton. 8:00pm.
Thu 26: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 26: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 27: Alice Grace Quartet @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Fergus McCreadie Trio @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7:30pm.

Sat 28: Whitley Bay Carnival: Northern Monkey Brass Band (1:00-1:45pm & 4:00-4:45pm); Baghdaddies (2:00-2:45pm & 5:00-5:45pm) @ Spanish City Plaza Arena, Whitley Bay. Northern Monkey Brass Band (2:30-2:45pm) @ Rainbow Corner (Marine Ave.), Whitley Bay.
Sat 28: Jack Logan & the Swing Section @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 29 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 29: Musicians Unlimited @ Hartlepool United Supporters’ Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 29: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 29: Groovetrain @ Tyne Bar, Newcastle. 4:00pm. Free.
Sun 29: Zoë Gilby Quartet @ Allendale Village Hall, Northumberland. 7:30pm.
Sun 29: Two of a Mind: Sue Ferris-Steve Summers Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.
Sun 29: Cedric Burnside @ Cluny, Newcastle. Superb Mississippi hill country blues!

Mon 30: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 31: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Stu Collingwood, Paul Grainger, Rob Walker.

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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