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16590 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 483 of them this year alone and, so far, 29 this month (July 14).

From This Moment On ...

July

Wed 17: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 17: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 17: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 17: John Pope & John Garner + Nisha Ramayya @ Cluny 2, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £15.00. (£12.00. adv.). A Gem Arts Masala Festival event.

Thu 18 Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Brunswick Methodist Church, Newcastle NE1 7BJ. 2:30pm. £4.00.
Thu 18: Theo Croker @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Thu 18: Brad Linde’s Continentals @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Thu 18: Eva Fox & the Jazz Guys @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 18: Ray Stubbs R&B All Stars @ The Mill Tavern, Hebburn. 8:00pm. Rhythm & blues.
Thu 18: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guest band: Darlington Big Band.

Fri 19: Luis Verde with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. SOLD OUT!
Fri 19: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 19: Luis Verde with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. Opus 4 Jazz Club.
Fri 19: Zoë Gilby Trio @ Seventeen Nineteen, Hendon, Sunderland. 7:30pm.

Sat 20: Snake Davis & Helen Watson Duo @ Chopwell Community Centre NE17 7HZ. 7:30pm. £17.50.

Sun 21: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 21: Salty Dog @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 21: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free. Sun 21: The Big Easy @ The White Room, Stanley. 5:00pm.
Sun 21: Ben Crosland Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 22: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 23: Nomade Swing Trio @ Newcastle House Hotel, Rothbury. 7:30pm. £10.00. Tickets from Tully’s of Rothbury or at the door (cash only). A Coquetdale Jazz event.

Thursday, August 05, 2021

Album review: Francesco Ciniglio - The Locomotive Suite

Francesco Ciniglio (drums); Raynald Colom (trumpet, flugelhorn); Matt Chalk (alto sax);  Matteo Pastorino (bass clarinet); Alexis Valet (vibraphone); Felix Moseholm (double bass)

An interesting and refreshingly different set of originals from a new-ish but very talented mostly European group with strong New York connections.  This is the debut on Whirlwind for the leader and writer, drummer Francesco Ciniglio, out of Naples via NYC and Paris. Ciniglio is a noted stylist not only in drumming, but also in clothing and generally looking cool!  Collaboration with Wynton Marsalis resulted in the trumpet maestro contributing lengthy, gushing liner notes, adding to the already ambitious aims of a programmatic approach where each song is “a landscape which a train might pass through.” The music owes little debt to Marsalis however, with a contemporary and loose feel, drawing on diverse rhythmic influences and an unusual palette featuring vibraphone and bass clarinet.

A gentle slow vibes and reeds opener is named after his grandmother, Laura Martina, but this soon changes tracks to the 10 min Locomotive featuring solo drums in a style which sounded African to my ears, but is apparently Neapolitan!  As to be expected from a drummer’s album, the rhythmic “locomotion” is prominent, but never dominant, and another strong voice is soon introduced with emotional and engaging trumpet playing by Spanish star Colom. The vibraphone and bass clarinet provide further contrasting solos over strong and angular propulsion from bass/drums.

Self Made Man brings new rhythms, with choked and splashing cymbals. The horn playing here is fabulous, recorded with a touch of echo, and plenty of range (both tonal and dynamic) which convey intensity without any frenetic excursions to the stratosphere.

The Turtle uses brushes pattering to evoke reptilian rather than railway progress, while Concern in the Background is more abstract, with ever-shifting drum workouts overlaid by loose motifs. This one builds to a frenetic pace before a restated melody closes in a satisfying unison byf sax and trumpet.

945 St Nicholas is the most straight ahead, with some blues feel, giving the bass clarinet free rein with glorious range and emotive tone, and the vibes in piano role giving a different feel to most other bands of this stripe.   The album closes with Mon Ange, unexpectedly introducing some vocals, in a relaxed sequence of melancholy and passion… that’s Italians for you I suppose.

A refreshing new voice with plenty of compositional ideas on top of virtuoso and emotional playing - one to watch out for. Chris K

Release date: 23.07.21 CD, LP, Digital at Whirlwind Recordings WR4773CD (UK)

Recorded on July 5/
6 2020 at Studio Ferber, Paris

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