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16542 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 422 of them this year alone and, so far, 29 this month (June 17).

From This Moment On ...


Fri 21: Alan Barnes with Dean Stockdale Trio @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. SOLD OUT!
Fri 21: Joe Steels’ Borealis @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm. £8.00.
Fri 21: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 21: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 21: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 21: Soznak @ The Bike Garden, Nunsmoor, Newcastle NE4 5NU. 5:00-9:00pm. Free.
Fri 21: Errol Linton + Michael Littlefield & Scott Taylor (King Bees) @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle. 7:30pm. £20.00. Blues double bill.
Fri 21: Alan Barnes with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ Seventeen Nineteen, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Fri 21: Strictly Smokin’ Big Band @ Alnwick Playhouse. 8:00pm. ‘Ella & Ellington’.
Fri 21: Mark Toomey Quartet @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. Opus 4 Jazz Club.

Sat 22: Jason Isaacs @ Stack, Seaburn SR6 8AA. 12:30-2:30pm. Free.
Sat 22: Abbie Finn Trio @ The Vault, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free.
Sat 22: Hejira: Celebrating Joni Mitchell @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £22.50.
Sat 22: Rockin’ Turner Bros. @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 23: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 23: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free.
Sun 23: Matt Carmichael @ St Mary’s Church, Wooler. 3:00pm. Carmichael (saxophone), Fergus McCreadie (piano), Charlie Stewart (fiddle). ‘Scottish jazz, folk-roots & landscape’ Wooler Arts: Summer Concerts.
Sun 23: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 23: Tweed River Jazz Band @ Barrels Ale House, Berwick. 7:00pm. Free.
Sun 23: Bede Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 23: Leeway @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Sun 23: Jazz Jam @ Fabio’s Bar, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Mon 24: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Mon 24: Remy CB @ The Hoppings, Newcastle Town Moor NE2 3NH. 5:00-7:00pm.

Tue 25: Louise Dodds & Elchin Shirinov @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Wed 26: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 26: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 26: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 27: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 27: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Jazz Orchestra @ Arc, Stockton. 8:00pm.
Thu 27: The Joni Project @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Joni Mitchell.
Thu 27: Lindsay Hannon’s Tom Waits for No Man @ Harbour View, Roker, Sunderland. 8:00pm.
Thu 27: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. Ragtime piano. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 27: Loco House Band @ Bar Loco, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free.
Thu 27: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Neil Brodie (trumpet); Garry Hadfield (keys); Adrian Beadnell (bass)

Tuesday, June 27, 2023

Album Review: Louis Stewart & Noel Kelehan - Some Other Blues

Louis Stewart (guitar); Noel Kelehan (piano)

Having been away on a longish trip to Spain I arrived home to find a delightful slice of Irish jazz history awaiting me.

After the reissue last year of Louis Stewarts wonderful 1977 solo album Out On His Own (previously reviewed on BSH), now comes another box of treasure from the musical archive of Gerald Davis, the founder of Irelands first jazz label, Livia Records. With the support of the Davis family, the record label has been reactivated by jazz aficionado Dermot Rogers and clearly he has been enjoying his explorations.

What is thrilling about this second album, Some Other Blues, also recorded in 1977, is that it is not a reissue of a previous record but a recording that has never been available before. And equally exciting is that, as well as Louis Stewart, it features one of the few recordings by another fine Irish jazz musician, pianist Noel Kelehan. Although his first love was always jazz and he led trios, quartets, quintets and big bands, Kelehans career took him into the Irish national radio and TV broadcaster RTE where he was a highly regarded musician, composer, arranger and conductor.

A Greek philosopher once said that you cant step in the same river twice, arguing that life, time (and rivers) were always in flux and changing, but he hadnt heard this record. As a young jazz fan in Dublin I heard these two musicians live in many different combinations and from the first few notes of the first track I was back there again. This is what the best jazz in Dublin in the 1970s sounded like. Superb musicians, enjoying playing together. Happy to play fast without giving the impression they were at the edge. Equally comfortable playing slow ballads and always with lyricism and feeling.

Most of the tracks are up-tempo meaning they vary from fast to warp factor 5 and the notes say that Ill Remember April has a tempo of 285 bpm. I didnt count them but I could hear each note played perfectly. Their version of Singin' in the Rain would leave even the fleet-footed Gene Kelly standing and tracks like You Stepped Out of a Dream and Minority demonstrate the two musicians virtuosity.

It is good to hear one of Kelehans own compositions, a slower tempo ballad I Only Have Time to Say I Love You and with the Tadd Dameron tune If You Could See me Now and the title track, Coltranes Some Other Blues, a rich diversity is added to the mix.

One of the excellent features of the albums issued by the (new) Livia records is that they are beautifully produced with highly informative booklets written by people with considerable jazz expertise. In this case Ronan Guilfoyle, an educator and bass player who played for a long period with Stewart and also with Noel Kelehan, describes the harmonic intricacies of particular tracks which illustrate Kelehans arranging abilities with chord-rich playing and multiple key changes and provide a perfect match to Stewart's effortless playing. For me his description of the musical techniques Kelehan and Stewart display certainly added to my enjoyment of the album.

As Guilfoyle writes it is extraordinary that Some Other Blues has taken more than 46 years to see the light of day. One can only wonder what other musical gems Livia Records are currently polishing up and I for one cant wait! (definitely not for another 46 years, anyway). JC


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