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16590 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 483 of them this year alone and, so far, 29 this month (July 14).

From This Moment On ...


Fri 19: Luis Verde with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. SOLD OUT!
Fri 19: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 19: Luis Verde with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. Opus 4 Jazz Club.
Fri 19: Zoë Gilby Trio @ Seventeen Nineteen, Hendon, Sunderland. 7:30pm.

Sat 20: Snake Davis & Helen Watson Duo @ Chopwell Community Centre NE17 7HZ. 7:30pm. £17.50.

Sun 21: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 21: Salty Dog @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 21: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free. Sun 21: The Big Easy @ The White Room, Stanley. 5:00pm.
Sun 21: Ben Crosland Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 22: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 23: Nomade Swing Trio @ Newcastle House Hotel, Rothbury. 7:30pm. £10.00. Tickets from Tully’s of Rothbury or at the door (cash only). A Coquetdale Jazz event.

Wed 24: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 24: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 24: The Ronnie Scott’s Story @ The Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Wed 24: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 24: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Cafédral, Owengate, Durham. 9:00pm. £9.00. & £6.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event.

Thu 25: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. Ragtime piano. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 25: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Garry Hadfield (keys); Noel Dennis (tpt); Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Adrian Beadnell (bass).
Thu 25: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Cafédral, Owengate, Durham. 9:00pm. £9.00. & £6.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event.

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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