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13837 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 56 of them this year alone and, so far, 56 this month (Jan. 16).

From This Moment On ...

January 2022

Wed 19: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 19: Classic Swing @ Venue, Cramlington NE23 6UT. 1:00pm.
Wed 19: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 19: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 19: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 20: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm. CANCELLED!
Thu 20: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 21: Emma Fisk & James Birkett @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. POSTPONED!
Fri 21: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: John Law @ Durham Cathedral. 7:30pm. £20.00. POSTPONED!
Fri 21: Dean Stockdale Quartet @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. £8.00. Opus 4 Jazz Club.
Fri 21: Jude Murphy & Dan Stanley @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sat 22: East Coast Swing Band @ East Bedlington Community Centre. 7:30pm. £5.00.
Sat 22: MGB @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. The Milne-Glendinning Band.

Sun 23 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 23: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 23: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: Anth Purdy: Swing Jazz Guitar @ Blues & Bourbon, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: Svarc Hanley Longhawn @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

Mon 24: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 24: Vels Trio + Knats @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 8:00pm. POSTPONED!.

Tue 25: East Coast Swing Band @ East Bedlington Community Centre. 10:00am - 12 noon. Rehearsal session (open to the public). .
Tue 25: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Murray Wankling, Paul Grainger, King David Ike-Elechi.

Friday, October 08, 2021

Album review: Scopes - Age of Reason

Matt Chalk (alto sax); Tony Tixier (piano, synth); Tom Berkmann (bass); Mathias Rupping (drums)

One of the things I hate about most of today's jazz is the lack of melodic, rhythmic and harmonic charm that comes from a band/soloist exploring a theme that doesn't grate on your musical sensitivities. 

Paradoxically, what I love about this album is that it doesn't incorporate the above ingredients except that it does! It does it in such a way that, whilst far removed from the old traditions, swings every bit as much as Goodman or even Bird did - they just do it differently.

The lessons of the past are all here but so is the future.

Matt Chalk, and Scopes, takes us to where Bird might have been had he lived to blow above a more modern rhythm section. Kenny Clarke, Max Roach etc. were pace setters but, had Bird lived long enough to play with Elvin or Philly Joe who knows what even greater heights he may have achieved? As it was, Trane and Miles carried the torch even if it didn't always shine as brightly as It may have done in Bird's hands. In fact sometimes it didn't shine at all!

However, I digress. Chalk is a new name to me but he has done his homework and must surely rate amongst the top modern UK alto players. He flows, his solos are meaningful. He plays alto as an alto was meant to be played although, maybe not as Adolphe Sax imagined. Did he, Adolphe, ever realise how much his invention would change the world - the saxophone was the jazz equivalent of the wheel? Chalk plays with the fluency of a person in control of his instrument and his head full of ideas.

Tixier and his confreres are with him all the way. I closed my eyes but I didn't sleep - I was in Birdland, Ronnie's, Smitty's, The Village Vanguard, Les Huchettes, that Club Montmartre in Copenhagen, the one on Railway St. in Newcastle - I'm in a good place and, if you like your jazz to be close to, but not over the precipice you'll want to check this one out. Lance

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