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16462 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 342 of them this year alone and, so far, 54 this month (May 18).

From This Moment On ...


Tue 21: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Alan Law, Paul Grainger, John Bradford.

Wed 22: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 22: Alice Grace Vocal Masterclass @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 6:00pm. Free.
Wed 22: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 22: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 22: Daniel Erdmann’s Thérapie de Couple @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Thu 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 23: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm.
Thu 23: Castillo Nuevo Trio @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30pm. Free.
Thu 23: Immortal Onion + Rivkala @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 23: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Jeremy McMurray (keys); Dan Johnson (tenor sax); Donna Hewitt (alto sax); Bill Watson (trumpet); Adrian Beadnell (bass).

Fri 24: Hot Club du Nord @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm. £8.00. SOLD OUT!
Fri 24: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 24: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 24: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 24: Swannek + support @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. Time TBC.

Sat 25: Tyne Valley Big Band @ Bywell Hall, Stocksfield. 2:30pm.
Sat 25: Paul Edis Trio w. Bruce Adams & Alan Barnes @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 6:30pm. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sat 25: Nubiyan Twist @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Sat 25: Papa G’s Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 26: Tyne Valley Youth Big Band @ The Sele, Hexham. 12:30pm. Free. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sun 26: Musicians Unlimited @ Jackson’s Wharf, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: Alice Grace @ The Sele, Hexham. 1:30pm. Free. Alice Grace w. Joe Steels, Paul Susans & John Hirst.
Sun 26: Bryony Jarman-Pinto @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 3:00pm. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sun 26: Ruth Lambert Trio @ The Juke Shed, North Shields. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: Clark Tracey Quintet @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 6:00pm. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sun 26: Saltburn Big Band @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm.
Sun 26: Ruth Lambert Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 26: SARÃB @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.

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

Sunday, January 08, 2023

Album review: Rodney Whitaker - Oasis, The Music of Gregg Hill

Terell Stafford (trumpet/flugel); Tim Warfield (tenor/sop sax); Bruce Barth (piano); Rodney Whitaker (bass); Dana Hall (drums) + Rockelle Fortin (vocal on 4 tks)

The phrase "hits the ground running" is much used but, there are occasions when it's the only description that seems to fit. The opening track: Betty's Tune is just such a moment as it explodes like as though you've played an already uptempo 33rpm track at 45!

The vocal is by Whitaker's daughter Rockelle who, apart from writing the lyrics, delivers a 'ball out of the park' chorus that is quite amazing! Equally so are the trumpet, soprano and piano solos that precede Hall's drum blast with all underpinned by Rodney Whitaker's superb bass work.

In the main, hard bop. Music that swings like it did back in Blakey's day but with, perhaps, more subtlety and sensitivity. Stafford is simply as good as it gets now that Fats, Clifford, Lee and Freddie are gone. Warfield, a longtime associate of Stafford, too is a player to be reckoned with and Barth, Whitaker and Hall are as close to perfection as any mortal can expect to be. Rockelle's four vocals don't do any harm either and I look forward to hearing her on an album of her own.

All of the compositions are by Gregg Hill, surely one of today's great jazz composers, and he must surely be delighted by Whitaker's arrangements and, conversely, Whitaker and the band must be equally ecstatic over the material they are working with.

If this sounds like a rave review, I'll confirm it when I come down to earth! Lance

Available on Origin Records and via usual suspects.

Betty's Tune; Puppets; Minorablia; Interlude; Sunday Afternoon; The Jazzdiddy Waltz; S'Cool Days; Blues For Gregg; Fan-O-Gram; To the Well; Oasis.

1 comment :

Lois Mummaw said...

It’s so wonderful to hear an objective voice say the same wonderful things about Gregg, his compositions, and his choice of musicians to play and arrange them that I have been saying since 2017! Lois Mummaw (Gregg’s wife and biggest fan ♥️)

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