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Josh Weir: I love the writing on bebop spoken here... I think the work you are doing is amazing.


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 ...


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.

Fri 26: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 26: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 26: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 26: Stuart Turner @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Fri 26: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Cafédral, Owengate, Durham. 9:00pm. £9.00. & £6.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event.
Fri 26: Bold Big Band @ Old Coal Yard, Byker, Newcastle. 9:30pm. A Newcastle Fringe Festival event.

Thursday, January 12, 2023

Album review: Tito Carrillo - Urbanessence

Tito Carrillo (trumpet, flugel); Troy Roberts (tenor, soprano saxes); Ben Lewis (piano); Clark Sommers (bass); Jay Sawyer (drums); Victor Gonzales Jr. (congas).

Tito Carrillo loves the city - any city - but Chicago in particular. "The city is where people always run to in order to make dreams happen. It can be exhausting, often overwhelming, heavy traffic, high rents, car break-ins... For a musician, there is nothing like the big, beautiful city of Chicago, with people coming and going, and a music scene like none other."

Thus the scene was set for Carrillo, who was born in Austin, Texas, before moving to Illinois, where he made an impact that lead to stints with many top names.

Urbanessence consolodates the music and rhythms of the three Americas - North, Central and South with a collection of original compositions by Carrillo incorporating unusual time signatures (e.g. 11/4) and a merging of several genres drawn from his years in Chicago playing jazz, hip-hop, soul, gospel, blues, funk, Latin, salsa in fact, you name it he played it.

His blistering trumpet echoes many of the greats but perhaps the most poignant moment is his emotive flugelhorn tribute to Roy Hargrove beautifully summed up by the title, Sublime.

In Troy Roberts he has an ideal front line partner who, whether on tenor or soprano cuts the mustard and I use the expression intentionally - he sizzles!

Ben Lewis on piano is another one for the notebook whilst bass, drums and congas keep the groove going even on a cha-cha in 7 (Fire and Ice).  Ì

The album actually came out in October 2022 but it got lost in the ever mounting pile of CDs. However, it's here now and is well worth checking out. Lance

Momentum; Fire & Ice; Bliss Point; Urbanessence; Crazy Stupid Fine; Poor to Rico; Up the Down Staircase; Justice & Mercy; Fly by Night; Sublime.

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