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Postage

13,645 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1264 of them this year alone and, so far, 91 this month (Oct. 27).

From This Moment On ...

October

Wed 27: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 27: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 27: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 28: J Frisco @ Newcastle University. 1:15pm. ONLINE ONLY (YouTube).
Thu 28: ’58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 28: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 28: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 29: James Birkett & Bradley Johnston @ Gala Theatre, Durham. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: Rendezvous Jazz @ Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.

Sun 31 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon..
Sun 31: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. .
Sun 31: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Jam session..
Sun 31: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 31: Spooky Jazz @ The Shed, Wylam Library..
6:00-7:30pm. Free, collection for Parkinson's UK.
Sun 31: Alison Rayner Quintet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

November

Mon 01: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 03: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 03: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 03: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 03: Washboard Resonators @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Saturday, August 07, 2021

Album review: Stan Martin Quartet Live @ the Airport Jazz Club (1988)

Stan Martin (clarinet, tenor sax); Norman Rudd (piano); Alan Rudd (bass); Bob Arkley (drums).

This one came out of left field and is an absolute historical gem. Recorded live over a number of sessions at the Airport Social Club, Newcastle in 1988, it serves as a timely reminder of two of the north east's finest mainstream players both of whom are sadly no longer with us.

Stan Martin and Norman Rudd formed a musical affinity way back in the day when they were members of the legendary Panama Jazzmen. An affinity that remained very much in evidence when these numbers were recorded maybe 30/40 years later.

Martin, unlike most local clarinetists back then, didn't seek to emulate either Johnny Dodds or, at the other extreme, Buddy DeFranco but opted instead for the husky tones of Pee Wee Russell or Archie Semple. Likewise, on tenor his role  model was most likely Ben Webster - he had the same growly sound albeit with not quite as full a tone although close.

Rudd (Norman) came from the same era - Fats Waller, Joe Sullivan, Teddy Wilson, Dill Jones - in Harlem he'd have been an in-demand regular at neighbourhood rent parties. His solo feature on Here's That Rainy Day is just about as good as it gets.

Rudd (Alan) and Bob Arkley are employed mainly in a supportive role which in no way lessens their importance. The rhythm flows unobtrusively giving the soloists the perfect cushion.

You want to have some fun? subject a jazz friend to a blindfold test and slip one of these tracks in. I guarantee that, after his failure to guess correctly, his next question will be: "How can I get hold of a copy?"

Well, Alan Rudd, who took advantage of the enforced lockdown to put this compilation together, tells me that once Classic Swing get playing live again he will have copies available at gigs or direct from: ar.music@virginmedia.com

It's a landmark in north east jazz history and, amazingly well recorded. Lance

1 comment :

Laurie Brown (on F/b) said...

Great quartet used to go often. Stan also came and sat in with us at The Porthole. Anyone remember when on piano he only liked playing the black notes?!

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