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13,822 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1239 of them this year alone and, so far, 66 this month (Oct. 18).

From This Moment On ...

October

Mon 18: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 18: Zoë Gilby Quartet @ The Black Bull, Blaydon. 8:00pm. Blaydon Jazz Club.

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.

Sun 24 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 24: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 24: Voices of Virtue Gospel Choir @ The Globe, Newcastle. 4:00pm.
Sun 24: Milne Glendinning Band @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Friday, July 30, 2021

Album review Barry Altschul’s 3DOM Factor - Long Tall Sunshine

Barry Altschul (drums and cymbals); Jon Irabagon (tenor, soprillo sax, alto clarinet); Joe Fonda (bass).

Well, it’s been a while since I listened to any free jazz so when this one arrived in the post I took my teeth out, sat up straight and prepared to hang on for the ride. And it is a ride, the music is, at times plaintiff and exploratory, at others declamatory and celebratory. The trio is an open, stripped down format that allows every note from all three protagonists to land clearly, especially the drums which cover the spectrum from delicate to explosive.

The opener, Long Tall Sunshine opens with Fonda’s rolling bass for a few bars before Altschul comes out of the traps like a thoroughbred, his work rate making Art Blakey sound like a part-timer. This is ‘free-bop’ a hybrid of free jazz and bebop and works as a teaser/taster for what follows, in that it conditions the palette for the something less rooted in the familiar that follows.

The 3Dom Factor includes a solo from Irabagon tonguing and wrestling with the alto clarinet like he’s trying to bend it round a corner, breathing life into it and sucking the breath back out, making it cry like a baby, all in the space of the closing three minutes.

The shorter Irina is a soulful melancholic lament for the sax over sonorous bass and gently rolling drums, Irabagon responding to his own plaintiff calls.

Be Out S’Cool opens like a fractured waltz with a heavyweight bass solo, Altschul lighter but persistent behind him, before it opens out with Irabagon working the higher register with heavier punctuation from the drummer’s fills and rolls.

The closer, Martin’s Stew, is a furious charge, anchored on the bass, with wailing saxes and overwhelming drumming, Altschul provides so much power, he’s like a jet engine in a VW Beetle. There’s a joyous release at the end of his second drum solo, enough to make you smile. I suspect that this music will make even more sense live.

3dom was formed in 2012, releasing a self-titled album which was followed up by Tales of the Unforeseen in 2015 and Live in Krakow in 2017. Long Tall Sunshine is another live album recorded during a European tour in 2019, though, it seems, nobody wrote down the details of where and when it was recorded, which is, I suppose in keeping with the spirit of the music.

And for those of you who were wondering, the soprillo saxophone is also known as the sopranissimo saxophone. It’s the smallest in the sax family, coming in at about 33cm, including the mouthpiece. You don’t see many of them around.

Long Tall Sunshine is released today (July 30) through most of the usual channels and outlets, though Jeff Bezos is selling it for £28+ when it is available direct from Not Two records HERE for €12. There doesn’t appear to be a group or Barry Altschul personal website but there is a good Facebook page and Wikipedia has a good page showing the extent and breadth of Altschul’s career.

Now, where did I leave my teeth? Dave Sayer

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