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

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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

Sat 28: Tyneside Improvisers Workshop @ Ye Olde Cross, Ryton. 2:00-4:00pm. All welcome.
Sat 28: Secular Sounds in a Sacred Place @ Holy Cross Church, Ryton. 4:30-7:00pm. £10.00. Continuous performance featuring: Christian Alderson, Faye MacCalman, Sally Pilkington, John Pope. Event preceded by a Tyneside Improvisers Workshop (2:00pm, see above).
Sat 28: Entartete Musik @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. A Brundibár Arts Festival event.

Sun 29: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.

Sat 28: Revolutionaires @ Brandling Villa, South Gosforth, Newcastle. 9:00pm. Rhythm & blues band.

Sun 29: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 29: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 29: Revolutionaires @ Greens, Low Row, Sunderland. 6:00pm. Rhythm & blues band with a horn section (inc. Pete Tanton).
Sun 29: Hypnotic Brass Band @ Cluny, Newcastle. 7:00pm (doors). £20.00.
Sun 29: Jam No.12 @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. Durham University Jazz Society jam session. All welcome (students & non-students).
Sun 29: Origin @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

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.

Monday, April 19, 2021

Album review: Chris Potter Circuits Trio - Sunrise Reprise

Chris Potter (tenor/soprano saxes, clarinets, flutes, sampler/keys); James Francies (piano, keys); Eric Harland (drums)

A slew of terrific sax players have plied their trade on livestreams and recordings in this last strangest year ever. I was curious then, how Chris Potter, widely touted as top titan of the tenor - post Michael Brecker - would sound to my ears after hearing some quite unbelievable playing from both sides of the Atlantic. From Stateside the likes of Wendell, Lovano and Redman as well as our own Trish Clowes, Alec Harper, Vasilis Xenopoulos, Harry Keeble and others.  On the evidence of this Edition Records follow up to his 2019 Circuits trio album, recorded in a short window of freedom in late 2020, I have to say he has a strong claim to top spot!

Potter is renowned for superlative technique and agile invention in warp speed improvisations, both are on show here in a tour de force of five substantial pieces which don’t hold back in dazzle, drive and duration. But while this is clearly Potter’s album, his compositions, structured mostly around his own lead, it is far from a one man show and the trio takes him in a more contemporary and electronic direction than much of his more classical tenor canon.  Harland on drums is a supreme foil for Potter with huge power, versatility and subtlety when called on. Francies is the youngster of the band by two decades, with R ‘n’ B and hip hop in his armoury, and brings swirling bass lines and proggy synths as well as molten lyricism of his own to match Potter.

Southbound opens with an airy and optimistic call laid down: the motif is then worked back and forth, before moving up a gear to stretch out into a weaving and swooping workout alternating between keys and sax driven relentlessly by Harland’s precise wizardry.

Serpentine is indeed a sinuous and funky beast, with another catchy motif stretched and swapped across the beat, and up and down through bewildering and seemingly effortless harmonic trails, culminating in a high energy drums and keyboard workout.

The Peanut comes down from the frenzy with a delightfully spacious and expressive sax and piano duet which builds to an anguished hiatus before resolution revealing Potter’s more spiritual face.

The final and longest number at 24 minutes, Nowhere Now Here/Sunrise Reprise, throws in some flute for variety before embarking on a quite remarkable journey through multiple moods and styles, featuring a drum solo of staggering finesse and musicality. Surely on anyone’s list for track of the year, with power and emotion tempered by precision and subtlety.

Altogether a breathtaking outpouring of remarkable music: in turns muscular and mysterious – a timely reminder that there is great art still in that contradictory phenomenon which is the USA.

Chris K

Try/buy CD,Vinyl LP, Digital here Label: Edition Records. Recorded: 19th September 2020 Release date: 14 May 2021

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