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Rupert Burley (Dynamic Agency): "BSH just goes from strength to strength".

'606' Club: "A toast to Lance Liddle of the terrific jazz blog 'Bebop Spoken Here'"

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13,806 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1223 of them this year alone and, so far, 50 this month (Oct. 13).

From This Moment On ...

October

Sat 16: Women Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor Julija Jacenaite: Improvarium..
Sat 16: Emma Fisk & James Birkett @ St Mary's Church, Monkseaton. 7:30pm..
Sat 16: Triptych @ Sage Gateshead. 7:45pm. Trio with live visuals by Lisa Delarny. .
Sat 16: Rendezvous Jazz @ Memorial Hall, Ponteland. 8:00pm. Guest Ian Wynne (piano)..

Sun 17: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 17: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club. 1:00pm.
Sun 17: Shunyata Improvisation Group @ Unitarian Church, Newcastle. 1:30pm.
Sun 17: Vula Viel @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 18: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 20: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 20: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 20: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 20: Jeremy McMurray & the Jazz Pocket Orchestra @ Middlesbrough Town Hall. 8:00pm.

Thu 21: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 21: NUJO Jazz Jam @ Bar Loco, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra.
Thu 21: Alter Ego @ St James' & St Basil's Church, Newcastle 7:30pm.
Thu 21: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 21: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 22: Mick Shoulder Quartet @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. Quartet featuring Alex Clarke (BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year finalist).
Fri 22: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 22: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 22: Paul Edis Trio w Ruth Lambert @ St Cuthbert's Centre, Crook. 7:30pm.
Fri 22: Michael Feinstein @ Sage Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Fri 22: Peter Morgan Trio @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sat 23: Mary Coughlan @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sat 23: Têtes de Pois @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Friday, May 21, 2021

Ten albums by bass players - Part three

6. Dave Holland – Extensions (1990)

Having had the opportunity to listen to ‘Another Land’ Holland’s imminent release on Edition Records I dug this out as it also features Kevin Eubanks on guitar with the quartet being rounded out by Steve Coleman (alto sax) and Marvin ‘Smitty’ Smith (drums). Listening to it, it’s hard to believe that this was another short term project assembled for an album or tour as the band sounds as if they have spent years in each other’s company; the interplay between the sax and guitar is almost telepathic as they play with, between and around each other and when they drop back it’s apparent that Holland has been a rock solid foundation all along; Smith adds colour and fills and revels in the freedom he’s allowed. And that’s just the first track. Whilst the pace may vary across the rest of the album the quality never drops.

7. Jasper Høiby – Fellow Creatures (2016)

I wasn’t impressed with the first tracks I heard from this but then JazzFM played something off it and I added it to my list of albums I’d buy if I saw it in a sale. Further research revealed a copy had been filed on the wrong shelf in the Butler’s Pantry at Sayer Towers. And it’s a great album. Høiby, at the time, was best known as the bassist in Phronesis, a piano trio. For this album he broadened his musical palette to a more traditional jazz quintet featuring, amongst others Laura Jurd on trumpet and Mark Lockheart on saxes. There is, however, little traditional music on this album. Instead there are false starts, tumbling rhythms, mournful wailing, a Spanish march, the lead constantly changing and always there is Høiby’s probing bass. Høiby was inspired by matters ecological when writing the music for Fellow Creatures and this is reflected in titles such as Little Song for MankindSong for the Bees, Plastic Island, the title track and in the lament, Folk Song, which opens the album. His next solo album, Plan B, would follow similar themes. Dave Sayer.

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