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15229 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 248 of them this year alone and, so far, 61 this month (March 20).

From This Moment On ...


Mon 20: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 20: Central Bar Quintet plays Wes Montgomery @ Central Bar, Gateshead. 7:30pm. Feat. Joe Steels.

Tue 21: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Hallgarth St., Durham DH1 3AT. 7:00pm. Paul Skerritt's (solo) weekly residency.
Tue 21: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 7:30pm. House trio: Jacob Egglestone (guitar); Jamie Watkins (bass guitar); Bailey Rudd (drums).

Wed 22: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 22: Darlington Big Band @ Traveller's Rest, Cockerton. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public). Note change of venue - this week only.
Wed 22: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 22: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 4:00-6:00pm. Free.
Thu 23: NUJO Jazz Jam @ Bar Loco, Newcasatle. From 6:30pm 'til late. Free. Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra jam session. All welcome (students & non-students).
Thu 23: Kerrin Tatman + John Garner & John Pope @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 23: Sunna Gunnlaugs & Julia Hülsmann @ Sage Gateshead. 8:00pm. A two-piano gig. A Sage Gateshead-JNE promotion.
Thu 23: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Ragtime piano.
Thu 23: Sleep Suppressor @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00., £8.00. adv. Upstairs.
Thu 23: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 24: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 24: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: FILM: Mo' Better Blues @ Forum Cinema, Hexham. 7:00pm.
Fri 24: Ian Millar & Dominic Spencer @ Scarth Hall, Staindrop, Co. Durham. 8:00pm. £10.00.
Fri 24: Archipelago + Bulbils @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.

Sat 25: Vermont Big Band @ Walker Community Centre, Walker, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Fundraiser for Benfield Juniours Football Club. Hot food available, BYOB.
Sat 25: John Logan & Friends @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Rat Pack, Motown etc. 8:00pm. Free (donations).

Sun 26: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 26: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 26: Outlines @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. JNE promotion (upstairs).

Mon 27: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Album review: Christopher Lucas Wilson Trio: Solemn Moments

Christopher Lucas Wilson (piano); Noah Jackson (bass); Jesse Kramer (drums).

I find it comforting when I hit upon an album that isn't into 'the new thing' - whatever that is! An album that respects the jazz tradition as personified by so many of the past jazz masters such as Peterson and Evans - the genre's equivalent of Bach and Chopin - the latter of whom we'll get back to later.

This is just such a delightful discovery. Wilson, a Detroit born resident of Chicago via L.A has all of the attributes of his illustrious predecessors which are neatly morphed into his own musical DNA.

He can swing like Peterson and be as probing and reflective as Evans whilst, at the same time, retaining his identity.

Four originals plus covers of Monk, Luiz Bonfá. José Alfredo Jiménez and Fredric Chopin - I told you I'd get around to Fred!

The latter's Nocturne in Eb Major pays respect to the original before moving into a gentle improvisation that does no harm at all to Polish-American relations. 

The title track, Solemn Moments, is indeed solemn which doesn't mean dirge-like but has a nice easy, laid back, feel to it with some nice basswork by Jackson.

We See: A Monk tune that Wilson re-imagines very effectively. Again Jackson is on the money with Kramer also having his say.

Misnomer: A minor blues that has a funky feel about it. This is 100% a trio and not just piano with bass and drums. 

Una Pa' Rosita: A beautiful ballad inspired by a cherished moment when the pianist observed his child watching the transition of a caterpillar to a butterfly.

A Familiar Feeling (Benny's Beat): One to sway your hips to - so says the blurb - and that's just what I'm doing as I type so if there's any typos don't blame it on me blame it on the boogie!

Manhã de Carnaval: Whatever title it sails under, and there are many, it's still a good tune.

La Media Vuelta: A solo piano piece by Mexican composer José Alfredo Jiménez  that gives Wilson the opportunity to display his affection for Mexico. He wouldn't have helped Trump to build any walls!

A beautiful album that's highly recommended and well worth checking out. Lance

1 comment :

Unknown said...

Nice review I can’t wait to purchase the vinyl album. Thank you for the review.

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