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14438 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 716 of them this year alone and, so far, 13 this month (August 6).

From This Moment On ...

August

Wed 10: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 10: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Wed 10: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 10: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 10: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 11: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 11: Baghdaddies @ Cumberland Arms, Newcastle. Time TBC.
Thu 11: Indigo Jazz Voices: Little Big Band Special @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:45pm. POSTPONED!
Thu 11: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm. Guests Donna Hewitt (sax) Josh Bentham (sax) Garry Hadfield (keys).

Fri 12: Ben Gilbert Trio @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm.
Fri 12: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 12: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 12: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.

Sun 14: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 14: Tees Valley Jazzmen @ Hammer & Pincers, Preston le Skerne. 1:00pm.
Sun 14: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ West Park, South Shields. 2:00pm.
Sun 14: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 14: Anth Purdy @ Blues & Bourbon, Newcastle. 4:00pm. Free.
Sun 14: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Sun 14: Sunday Night Am Jam Special @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Note start time.

Mon 15: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 15: Stu Collingwood Organ Trio @ Black Bull, Blaydon. 8:00pm. Blaydon Jazz Club.

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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