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


15867 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 874 of them this year alone and, so far, 72 this month (Sept. 25).

From This Moment On ...


Wed 27: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 27: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 27: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 28: Alice Grace Quartet @ King's Hall, Newcastle University. 1:15pm. Free.
Thu 28: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm. All welcome.
Thu 28: Faye MacCalman + Snape/Sankey @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 28: Zoe Rahman @ Jesmond United Reformed Church, Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Thu 28: '58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 28: Speakeasy @ Queen's Hall, Hexham. 7:30pm. £15.00. A Southpaw Dance Company presentation. Dance, audio-visuals, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, swing dancers etc.
Thu 28: Mick Cantwell Band @ Harbour View, Sunderland. 8:00pm. Free. Ace blues band.
Thu 28: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 29: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 29: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 29: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.

Sat 30: John Pope Quintet + Late Girl + Shapeshifters @ Bobik's, Jesmond, Newcastle.
Sat 30: Papa G's Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A 'Jar on the Bar' gig.


Sun 01: Smokin' Spitfires @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 12:45pm.
Sun 01: Dulcie May Moreno sings Portrait of Sheila @ Central Bar, Gateshead. 2:00pm. £10.00. Moreno sings Sheila Jordan with Giles Strong, Mick Shoulder & John Bradford.
Sun 01: Middlesbrough Jazz & Blues Orchestra @ Saltburn Community Hall. 2:00pm.
Sun 01: The Easy Rollers @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 7:00pm. £13.70., £11.55.
Sun 01: Brand/Roberts/Champion/Sanders @ Blank Studios, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Sun 01: Papa G's Troves @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 02: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 02: FILM: Wattstax; 50th Anniversary @ Forum Cinema, Hexham. 8:00pm.

Tue 03: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Hallgarth St., Durham DH1 3AT. 7:00pm. Paul Skerritt's (solo) weekly residency.
Tue 03: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Michael Young (piano); Paul Grainger (double bass); Paul Wight (drums).

Monday, April 05, 2021

Album review: Carla Marciano "Psychosis - Homage to Bernard Hermann"

Carla Marciano (alto/soprano sax); Alessandro La Corte (piano/keys); Aldo Vigorita (bass); Gaetono Fasano (drums).

An all-Italian quartet playing some of Bernard Hermann's film themes plus one dedicated to John Williams and one by Carla herself. It would have good to hear the music played alongside the film as Kansas Smitty's did last Christmas and, bearing in mind the previous post by Dave Sayer, I checked the packaging in case there were any DVDs hidden in perforated compartments but no such luck!

However, upon reflection, as I got more and more into the album I concluded that it would have been a distraction and these versions could stand tall on their own terms.

Prior to this, the only Marciano I'd encountered was the the former heavyweight champion from the '50s who many consider the greatest ever and who was killed in a plane crash. This Marciano has the same kind of musical power that Rocky had with the big difference that she knew when to back pedal and dance like Ali. Put the two together and you have an unbeatable combination whether in the ring or in the recording studio.

Yes, Marciano has both power and pathos in her playing. She stretches out to the far edges of the periphery without (if the world were flat) risk of falling off. Like her paisanos on this compelling exercise, Marciano knows how to swing. It may not be the swing of yesteryear but it's just as effective in its own way.

Despite the cinematic theme of the album, don't be deluded into thinking this is smooth/easy listening jazz. Don't order a tub of popcorn, make it a strong Americano or a double shot of Sambuca on the rocks or maybe both.

Quite an amazing album - some of the music is more hair-raising than the movies themselves were (that's a compliment by the way!)


PS: The album was released on Challenge Records in November 2020 but only just arrived the other day. YouTube.

Themes from (1 - 8); Taxi Driver; Marnie; Marnie to Twisted Nerve (original by Marciano); Twisted Nerve; Psycho; Vertigo (Prelude); Vertigo (Scene D'Amour); Homage to John Williams (Hedwig's Theme).

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