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Miles Kington: "If the intake of alcohol fails to improve a jazz player's performance, why do jazz listeners think it improves their appreciation?" - (Jazz Express October 1982).

Barbara Jay: "My first gig was at the Astoria, Charing Cross Rd. It seemed like a den of iniquity to me. All the Soho girls were there and the gigolos with their old women paying them to dance..." - (Jazz UK May 2008.)

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Today Sunday February 26.

Afternoon.
Mark Williams (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
More Jam - Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free.
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Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
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Evening
Maine St. Jazzmen - Seaton Sluice Social Club, Collywell Bay Rd., Seaton Sluice NE26 4QZ. 8pm. £4.
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Shaun Henderson Band - Quakerhouse, Mechanics Yard, Darlington. 6pm. £5.
Jazz Jam - Empty Shop, 35c Framwellgate Bridge, Durham DH1 4SY. 7:30pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

CD Review: Blind Monk Trio – coulrophobia

Bob Whittaker (tenor saxophone), Hugo Harrison (double bass) & Johnny Hunter (drums)
(Review by Russell)
Don’t’ fear them, clowns that is. The Liverpool-based Blind Monk Trio appears fearless in its direct, take-no-prisoners assault on the senses. The trio’s 2014 recording is a roller coaster fairground ride of relentless full-on tenor to swashbuckling swing time invention to manic Balkan episodes. Eight compositions – with a total running time of just short of forty minutes – serve as an accurate summation of the live experience.
Bob Whittaker’s hard-edged tenor playing is matched by the rattling poly-rhythmic drum style of the in demand Johnny Hunter and right in the middle of them is the let-me-swing double bassist Hugo Harrison. A tight rope tension is maintained throughout with several attempted break-out swing sections discouraged by a self-imposed three line whip. Titles (all written in lower case) are variously playful – empire state of mime – and quite simply curious – count backwards from ten. A tentative, exploratory tenor opening on (the lower case) set to stun! is an exception to the norm hinting at a free workout before discipline is once again imposed. All tracks are collaborative compositions with, undoubtedly, untold hours of rehearsal time devoted to honing an impressive group sound.
Those familiar with the sound of Taupe and Dead Hedge Trio will be keen to check out a trio cut from the same northern rock face.
Russell.
coulrophobia by Blind Monk Trio is available at www.blindmonktrio.com      

1 comment :

  1. "Eight compositions .... serve as an accurate summation of the live experience" - sometimes good live bands find it hard to capture their sound on recordings. My view, this is the case here. In Liveerpool we're priviledged to be able to catch them 'live' regularly and in another incarnation [as Marley Chingus] with the addition of Misha Grey on keyboards [both with shifting personnel] and as the Marley Chingus Explosion with sitting-in musicians. Friday night bliss.

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
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