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16233 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 115 of them this year alone and, so far, 59 this month (Feb. 23).

From This Moment On ...

February 2024

Sat 24: NUJO Jazz Jam @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm (doors). Free (donations). A Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra event, all welcome.
Sat 24: Bradley Creswick’s Western Swingfonia @ Hexham Abbey, Hexham. 7:30pm. £15.00. A fundraiser for Hexham Abbey.
Sat 24: Papa G’s Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 25: Musicians Unlimited @ The Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 25: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:30pm. Free.
Sun 25: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 25: Lindsay Hannon: Tom Waits for No Man + Lee Maddison @ Laurels, Whitley Bay. 4:00pm (3:30pm doors). £11.00., £8.80. inc. bf. SOLD OUT!
Sun 25: Bex Burch + Rachel Musson @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £11.00. Two solo performances. JNE.
Sun 25: Jazz Jam @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Mon 26: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 27: Ruth Lambert Quartet @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 8:00pm (7:00pm doors). £12.00., £10.00. (adv.).

Wed 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 28: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 28: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 29: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm.
Thu 29: Student Performances @ King’s Hall, Newcastle University. 4:00pm. Free. Inc. Olly Styles (saxophone).
Thu 29: ’58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:00pm. Free.
Thu 27: Student Jazz Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Thu 29: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Josh Bentham (alto sax); Graham Thompson (keys); Adrian Beadnell (bass).

Fri 01: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 01: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 01: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 01: Wind Ensemble + Big Band + Jazz Combo + R&B Band @ Boiler House, Newcastle University. 5:30pm. Free.
Fri 01: Joseph Carville Trio @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm.
Fri 01-Sun 03: Great North Big Band Jazz Festival @ Park View Community Centre, Chester-le-Street. From 8:00pm Friday. Weekend ticket: £20.00.
Fri 01: TBC @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Blind Pig Blues Club.
Fri 01: Great North Big Band Jazz Festival @ Park View Community Centre, Chester-le-Street. £10.00. Day 1/3. Musicians Unlimited + Festival Band.

Friday, September 30, 2022

Album review: Brian Lynch & Spheres of Influence – Songbook Vol. 2: Dance The Way U Want To (Hollistic MusicWorks)

Brian Lynch (trumpet); Aldo Salvent, Chris Thompson-Taylor (tenor sax); Kemuel Roig, Alex Brown (piano); Rodner Pedilla (electric bass); Hilario Bell (drums); Murphy Aucamp (percussion).

Latin Jazz, Afro-Caribbean rhythms; they say the hips don’t lie but mine have been known to tell a few fibs in their time. What should go left goes right and vice-versa and I have an ASBO prohibiting me from twerking by court order. But two minutes of this and things are moving, maybe going with the flow and letting your legs, unconsciously, do their thing is the answer and your arse will follow.

Lynch, himself, is one of the last of the Art Blakey alumni, playing with the great man in 1988-1990 and appearing on two albums. This after playing with Horace Silver and the Tokisho Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra in the eighties. Since then he’s released a couple of dozen of his own albums and recorded with Eddie Palmieri and Tito Puente so the Latin vibe is strong in this one. Lynch now teaches at the University of Miami and this is the Miami version of Spheres of Influence.

Songbook Volume 2 was released in July and comes with an extra CD of radio versions and one alternate take. (Vol 1: Bus Stop Serenade, with a completely different quintet, was released last year). There’s a core quartet of trumpet, bass, drums and percussion (lots of percussion) with the other musicians appearing on different tracks as needed. It’s bold, bright and clear and rattles along, all uncompromising elbows and flights of joy. All of the tracks are over 7 minutes long and this gives plenty of time for all involved to really dig in.

It’s mainly covers of tunes from across Lynch’s recording career with two new tunes in The Disco Godfather and E.P’s Plan B with the latter opening the album and we’re straight into it. All these rhythms, all this percussion and Lynch setting his stall out as someone who can fly with both feet on the ground. What’s not to like? A slower passage features Aldo Salvent’s sinuous contemplative tenor.

Change of Plan is a tune Lynch first recorded in 1986 and it’s aged well. A simple bebop phrase is the structure for a series of long well developed solos from Lynch, Kelly and, especially Roig. Even the more mellow tunes, as this is, retain the rhythm and set the toes a-tapping.

Across the Bridge sounds like hard work for Lynch; he’s holding back a tidal wave from the back line who are pushing him on and he meets the challenge with a soaring solo.

It’s altogether slinkier with Dance The Way U Want To. It’s more Latin than Afro-Caribbean but no less fun for that. Chris Thompson-Taylor and Kemuel Roig take the lead before Lynch kicks it up again.

The other new track, The Disco Godfather, dedicated to black humourist and film maker Rudy Ray Moore, opens with a chuckling duet between tenor (Salvent again) and trumpet that borders on free jazz before a propulsive bass line comes in underneath. It continues as a discussion between the two leads; it sounds like a long conversation between old friends, one of who is suggesting new ideas and the other is shooting them down, with different tempi, call and response sections, disagreements and conclusions.

Thompson-Taylor and Roig take the lead again on Tom Harrell on tenor and piano respectively, challenging each other before the rhythm section comes to the fore. Everything is clean, powerful, dynamic and precise. It is wonderful driving funk. A blistering solo from Lynch tops it all off like the cherry on the icing. A great track.

Que Seria La Vida is a shuffling bolero at a lower tempo. The lights are lowered with no drop in intensity as the percussionists still cover the bases. It’s a slow, late night ballad featuring a duet between Lynch and Alex Brown on piano that owes a little to The Shadow of Your Smile. It’s one for after closing hours, ties and tongues are loosened. Another thing of elegance and beauty, full of romantic yearning.

Closer Awe Shocks takes us back up to where we’ve been for most of the album. It’s another high-speed hurtle through solos by Alex Brown and CT-T before Lynch reminds us whose group this is, punching holes in the sky, he’s taking us higher again. Dust off those cowbells, claves and wooden blocks and join in.

A few extra points go to Robin D Williams for the artwork.

Songbook Vol 2 is available now through this BANDCAMP link. The CD comes with an extra disc of one alternate take and 8 radio edits, all still worth hearing, even if they are, in the main abridged versions of what’s on Disc 1. Dave Sayer

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