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The Strictly Smokin' Big Band included Be Bop Spoken Here (sic) in their 5 Favourite Jazz Blogs.
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Postage

14378 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 597 of them this year alone and, so far, 2 this month (July 2).

From This Moment On ...

July

Sun 03 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 03: Smokin’ Spitfires @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 12:45pm.
Sun 03: Ruth Lambert & Martin Craggs @ The Exchange, North Shields. 1:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Abbie Finn Trio @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Wild Women of Wylam @ The Exchange, North Shields. 4:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 5:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Jazz Jam @ The Exchange, North Shields. 6:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Jeffrey Hewer Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 04: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 06: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 06: Michael Bublé @ Durham County Cricket Club, Chester le Street. Doors: 5:00pm.
Wed 06: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 06: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 06: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 07: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 07: Lara Jones + Echo Juliet @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 07: Thursday Night Prayer Meeting @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free admission (donations).
Thu 07: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 07: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 08: Alex Clarke Quartet @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm. £7.00.
Fri 08: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 08: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 08: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.

Sat 09: Jazz Stage @ Mouth of the Tyne Festival: Zoë Gilby Duo (12 noon); Vieux Carré Jazzmen (1:35pm); Harmony Brass (3:10pm); Ruth Lambert Quartet (4:40pm). Outdoor stage adjacent to Tynemouth Priory.

Monday, March 15, 2021

Lockdown @ Ronnie's. Xhosa Cole presents Larry Young's Unity - March 15

Xhosa Cole (tenor sax); Byron Wallen (trumpet); Noah Stoneman (organ); Jeff Williams (drums).

(Screenshots by Ken Drew).

A look back at a classic Blue Note album from 1965. Larry Young's Unity, beautifully recreated by Xhosa Cole and his fellow travellers. To say that I actually enjoyed this more than the original is by no means intended to be disrespectful to Woody Shaw, Joe Henderson, Elvin Jones and Larry Young. How could I be disrespectful to four of the all-time greats of modern jazz?!

However, as someone once said - it may have been Shaw (George Bernard not Woody) - "Of course you're better than me - you were born after me". Which is something that must surely apply to all cover gigs. We've got the ingredients let's go to work.

And work on it they did. Byron has long been a trumpet player to be reckoned with whilst Xhosa and Noah seem to have been parachuted in fully formed from outer space! Jeff Williams - one of the heroes of the previous post - is himself approaching legendary status both in London and his native USA.

Zoltan set the stall out and, after Jeff's almost military-like drum intro Xhosa and Byron took off on the Lydian mode (I've done my homework) theme. This was good!

Monk's Dream is one of my favourites and, despite a missed cue going into the final head, tonight's guys did nothing to change that. Always good to know that even the Gods are human. If, Joe Henderson's only contribution to the original album, found willing recipients of his bounty tonight and it was a blast.

Xhosa took his role as frontman to step aside from Unity and feature himself on Wayne Shorter's Penelope, a rather lovely ballad. Nothing balladic about The Moontrane - a journey into space! Softly as in a Morning Sunrise is increasingly popular with today's young guns. Was this the album that sparked it off? One of the older guns - Jeff Williams didn't treat it softly but knocked seven shades out of it - Sigmund Romberg, a good six foot under, is still turning. 

Beyond All Limits was the last track from the album but the final track of the set was another Monk tune - Played Twice. More kick-ass drumming from Jeff and a fantastic solo from Xhosa. How has he reached this level so relatively quickly? A man for the world stage. And, let's not forget Noah Stoneman who was Mr Unity himself!

Great set.

Lance

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