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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 ...

July

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: Nomade Swing Trio @ Café Needles Eye, Newbiggin-by-the-Sea. 6:00pm. Reservations: 01670 641224.
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: Bailiwick + Sleep Suppressor + Christie/Chan @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors 6:30pm). ‘Experimental evening of jazz, punk and jazz-punk’.
Fri 26: Nomade Swing Trio @ Repas7 by Night, Berwick. 7:30pm. Free.
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.

Sat 27: BBC Proms: BBC Introducing stage @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 12 noon. Free. Line-up inc. Nu Groove (2:00pm); Abbie Finn Trio (2:50pm); Dilutey Juice (3:50pm); SwanNek (5:00pm); Rivkala (6:00pm).
Sat 27: Nomade Swing Trio @ Billy Bootlegger’s, Ouseburn, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free.
Sat 27: Mississippi Dreamboats @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sat 27: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Cafédral, Owengate, Durham. 9:00pm. £9.00. & £6.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event.
Sat 27: Theon Cross + Knats @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 10:00pm. £22.00. BBC Proms: BBC Introducing Stage (Sage Two). A late night gig.

Sun 28: Musicians Unlimited @ Jackson’s Wharf, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 28: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 28: Miss Jean & the Ragtime Rewind Swing Band @ Fonteyn Ballroom, Dunelm House (Durham Students’ Union), Durham. 2:00pm. £9.00. & £6.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event.
Sun 28: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free.
Sun 28: Ruth Lambert Trio @ The Juke Shed, Union Quay, North Shields. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 28: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 28: Nomade Swing Trio @ Red Lion, Alnmouth. 4:00pm. Free.
Sun 28: Jazz Jam Sandwich! @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Sun 28: Jeffrey Hewer Collective @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 28: Milne Glendinning Band @ Cafédral, Owengate, Durham. 9:00pm. £9.00. & £6.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event.

Mon 29: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 30: ???

Wed 31: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 31: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 31: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Wednesday, July 03, 2024

Album review: Gerald Cannon - Live at Dizzy's Club. The Music of Elvin and McCoy (Woodneck Records)

Gerald Cannon (bass); Eddie Henderson (trumpet); Steve Turre (trombone); Sherman Irby (alto sax); Joe Lovano (tenor sax); Dave Kikoski (piano); Lenny White (drums).

Recorded live at Dizzy's Club in NYC's iconic Jazz at Lincoln Center venue to pay tribute to McCoy Tyner and Elvin Jones and released on a double vinyl album, this is the real deal.

Cannon played alongside both for 14 and 9 years respectively and for this recording he chose musicians who had all, at one or another, shared the stage with the two late legends. The DownBeat reviewer gave it 4½ stars out of 5. He shortchanged them!

EJ's Blues: Gets things a-cookin' on a composition by Jones and solos all round setting the mood for the delights to come.

Three Elders: One of those delights, albeit a sombre one, is this piece composed by Cannon and dedicated to pianist, the late Larry Willis. It is fitting that he should be included with Tyner and Jones in the title. Funereal it may be but that doesn't detract from the beauty of the performance.

3 Card Molly: A minor key 'burner' by Jones that lets the cats run amok. Maybe they think Molly's a mouse when actually it's another name for the three card trick or Find the Lady. Cannon's solo suggests he's found her when he quotes Dat's Love from Carmen Jones, the film adaptation of Bizet's opera.

Search For Peace: a Tyner classic that has Lovano and Henderson treating the composition with the respect it deserves without losing their own identity.

Blues in the Minor: Cannon plays a few bars before the ensemble hits the deck running setting the scene for the hottest rhythm section in NYC on that June evening in 2022. Kikoski is amazing, Lovano no less with Irby in there pitching like a politician on the eve of an election. White proves that drum solos can be more than playing to the gallery. Subtlety is also known to be effective.

Home: Another Tyner tune. In fact, from now on they're all McCoy's compositions. Steve Turre sounds good setting Irby up who, in turn, opens the door for Kikoski. Why haven't I heard this pianist before? I looked back on BSH and find that I'd actually reviewed this very album on January 3 this year when it was released in CD form! I wrote then, three days into the new year, that it was a contender and, six months later it still has its nose in front!

Contemporary Focus: Solid groove, great solos. Kikoski sounds as good as I said he did the first time round and Cannon is, as he has been throughout, magnificent. The free for all at the end I feel relates in part to the title.

Inception: The rhythm section going for broke. Again Kikoski hits the heights on this trio blast with Cannon and White up there too. 

I suppose I should now play the CD and compare the sound quality between the two formats but you pays your money, you makes your choice. At least with the vinyl you don't need 20-20 vision to read the sleeve notes! Lance

1 comment :

Steve T said...

Amazon only have it as digital and I can only get a very expensive copy from discogs via my (other) skint son in Sheffield. Anybody know if Newcastle HMV or Windows have one or anybody with a spare? I have a magnifying glass, a CD shaped letter-box and a car with a CD player.

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