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Curtis Stigers: “I’m a jazz singer. I’m not a saxophonist. When I stand in front of a band like the Danish Radio Big Band or Ronnie Scott’s, I usually tend to leave the instrument on the stand.” – (The Northern Echo 20 July 2017)

Tamsin Austin, Director of Performance Programme, Sage Gateshead: “SummerTyne is our largest festival and we absolutely love it!” – (The Northern Echo 20 July 2017)

Today Friday July 21

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
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SummerTyne Americana Festival 2017 - Sage Gateshead. Day 0ne of three. Details. From 12 noon all day.
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Ruth Lambert Quartet - The Lit & Phil, 23 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SE. 1pm. £5.
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Alice Grace Trio - Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Belinda Voshtina & James Harrison - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm. Free.
Washboard Resonators - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.
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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 08, 2015

CD Review: Svein Rikard Mathisen - Copenhagen Diaries.

Svein Rikard Mathisen (gtr/comp); William Larrson (pno); Paul Hinz (bs); Andreas Fryland (dms) + Aske Drasbæk (alt on 3 tracks);  Maylen Rusti (voice on 2 tracks).
(Review by Lance).
By Scandinavian standards this is practically mainstream! By more worldly views it's contemporary without losing the plot. Mathisen is an inventive guitarist and a creative composer, finding interesting harmonies and unusual voicings that excite rather than jar. The compositions represent five years of his life in Copenhagen. A life well spent judging by the results as they appear on this album.
The titles demand us to know more!
Prelude; Who Broke the Bat?; Pheasant Cookin'; Hedmark; Vanity; A Moon on a Sunny Day; New Beginnings; I Guess Seeing One More Episode Won't Hurt Anyone. 
The music is as good as the titles without revealing the meanings. The guitar playing is  top draw and pianist Larrson is up on that same platteau - what am I saying? Hinz and Fryland are up there too plus
alto sax on 3 tracks and Rusti's voice, so well integrated to be almost imperceptible, on 2 add to the flavour. Indeed, Mathisen's comment that, finding the right musicians has been decisive for letting the music and the compositions be played as seamlessly fluent as they are.
I'll go along with that.
It's complex rhythmically and the harmonies aren't your average chordal juxtapositions but that enhances rather than detracts - they are harmonies and maybe this really is the guy who found the lost chord, and a few more!
Svein Rikard Mathisen - Copenhagen Diaries is available on the Curling Legs label.
Lance

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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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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