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13837 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 56 of them this year alone and, so far, 56 this month (Jan. 16).

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January 2022

Mon 17: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 19: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 19: Classic Swing @ Venue, Cramlington NE23 6UT. 1:00pm.
Wed 19: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 19: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 19: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 20: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 20: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 21: Emma Fisk & James Birkett @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. POSTPONED!
Fri 21: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: John Law @ Durham Cathedral. 7:30pm. £20.00. POSTPONED!
Fri 21: Dean Stockdale Quartet @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. £8.00. Opus 4 Jazz Club.
Fri 21: Jude Murphy & Dan Stanley @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sat 22: East Coast Swing Band @ East Bedlington Community Centre. 7:30pm. £5.00.
Sat 22: MGB @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. The Milne-Glendinning Band.

Sun 23 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 23: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 23: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: Anth Purdy: Swing Jazz Guitar @ Blues & Bourbon, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: Svarc Hanley Longhawn @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

Mon 24: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 24: Vels Trio @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Album review: Spike Wilner Trio - Aliens & Wizards

Spike Wilner (piano); Tyler Mitchell (double bass); Anthony Pinciotti (drums)

Spike Wilner is the man behind the success of Smalls (no apostrophe!) and Mezzrow (that's Mezzrow, partner venue to Smalls Jazz Club). Throughout the pandemic Wilner has kept the Greenwich Village, NYC venues going, seven nights a week, periodic lockdowns not withstanding. Now, in a new collaboration with Cory Weeds' Cellar Music Group, pianist Wilner has released an album in the company of long term trio partners Tyler Mitchell, bass, and drummer Anthony Pinciotti. 

Aliens & Wizards, recorded at GB's Juke Joint in August 2020, comprises nine tracks spanning some three quarters of an hour's playing time. Six of Wilner's compositions plus three distinct, distinctly different, numbers - Righty-O! (John Ellis), Blue Gardenia (Bob Russell-Lester Lee) and Stella By Starlight (Ned Washington-Victor Young) - showcase the trio's command of a wide range of material heard on the album. Righty-O!, taken at a sparkling tempo, suggests the three musicians are comfortable in one another's company. In these pandemic times Wilner's Adagio (Mitchell's mournful arco bass intro) and Prayer for Peace (beautifully recorded, a blues of sorts) reflect, perhaps, a year of pain and loss endured by many in NYC and across the globe. 

Wilner's Mindset is surprisingly different to the material heard elsewhere on the album. Free-ish, convincingly so, with a baroque-like ending. The twists and turns of the title track, Aliens & Wizards, features some dazzling piano playing from bandleader Wilner and the set closer, Trick Baby, suggests composer/pianist/club manager Wilner is a fan of Oscar P (and Nat Cole, if Blue Gardenia is anything to go by). 

Aliens & Wizards by the Spike Wilner Trio is available from tomorrow (Friday 23 April) on the Cellar Music Group label (cat no. CM120120). This evening (Thursday 22) Spike Wilner will be playing piano in his own club (Mezzrow) in a trio performance with bassist Tyler Mitchell and drummer Anthony Pinciotti. The first of two sets begins at half past midnight (the early hours of Friday, BST). 

Russell

3 comments :

Unknown said...

Thank you for this lovely review!

Spike Wilner

Spike Wilner said...

Thank you for this lovely review!

Patti said...

Hey Spike! We'll look forward to seeing you in NYC, in Smalls or Mezzrow's - when international travel is allowed again!! We're loving your livestreams for now - time difference notwithstanding - but can't wait for the real thing .......

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