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13,367 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 785 of them this year alone and, so far, 59 this month (June 16).

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Thu 17: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead (8:30pm).

Fri 18: Jazz Jamaica @ Sage Gateshead (8:00pm).

Sat 19: Jude Murphy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle (8:00pm).

Sun 20 Knats @ The Globe, Newcastle (8:00pm). Advance booking essential: SOLD OUT. Livestream available from £7.50.

Mon 21: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club (1:00pm). POSTPONED!

Wed 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club (1:00pm). POSTPONED!

Thu 24: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside 1:00pm).

Thu 24: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead (8:30pm).

Saturday, May 08, 2021

Album review: Francesco Amenta - Midtown Walk

Francesco Amenta (tenor sax); Cyrus Chestnut (piano); Kimon Karoutzos (bass); Gary Kerkezou (drums)

At one time, if I'd said that an Italian, an American and two Greeks met up in a recording studio you'd have been waiting for the punchline - well here it is!

They made beautiful music!

Amenta gets a great sound, it's modern and yet, at times, he sounds like Johnny Hodges might have sounded had Johnny Hodges played tenor. Not surprisingly, this is particularly noticeable on Ellington's Come Sunday

The remaining seven tracks are originals by Armenta and convey his impressions of life in the United States.

Chestnut is one of the great unsung pianists, not unknown on either side of the pond, if you want the job done professionally then he's your man. 

The Grecian bass and drums keep things moving along. Unlike Hollywood's one time screen legend, Gary Cooper, Gary Kerkezou is female but, come high noon, you wouldn't bet against her in a drum shoot-out! Beware of Greeks bearing sticks (or double basses!)

Highly recommended.

Dancing; Home; Bunch of Time; Number 9; 06/22; Travelers; Burgundy; Come Sunday.


Brian Ure said...

The title, according to the label, is really "MIDTOWN WALK". Possibly not a good place to be at midnight!

Lance said...

Thanks Brian - now corrected then off to Specsavers.

Mike Farmer said...

L liked what you said about Cyrus Chestnut. He is another musician I almost included in my lisi of underrated jazz musicians but those passengers on the Jazz Cruises who heard him will know he is one of the greatest piano players around.

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