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Bebop Spoken There

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.

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

CD Review: Maria Chiara Argiró – The Fall Dance

Maria Chiara Argiró (piano & compositions), Sam Rapley (tenor saxophone, clarinet & bass clarinet), Tal Janes (guitar), Andrea Di Biase (double bass), Gaspar Sena (drums) & Leila Martial (vocals)
(Review by Russell)
The focus is on Maria Chiara Argiró the composer as much as it is the pianist on this new CD. Ten tracks spanning a little over fifty four minutes, The Fall Dance presents Argiró’s writing for sextet with Leila Martial’s vocal stylings to the fore. Italian-born, Argiró has a London base from which to work with the musicians heard on this March 2016 recording.
Ethereal folk melodies pervade the album, the bass and drums pairing of Andrea Di Biase and Gaspar Sena a jazz touchstone, Sam Rapley’s reeds and Tal Janes’ guitar punctuating the compositional landscape, simultaneously engaging with Martial’s vocals. Dream R (a one minute and one second Dream R Intro precedes it) incorporates many elements heard throughout the recording with Sam Rapley’s dramatic bass clarinet cadenza a highlight. It is Stanhope Gardens (track seven) which finds the ensemble freeing itself of the shackles, Janes’ guitar setting up a taut collective Balkan dance – the sort of tune Mr Gilad Atzmon would relish. The title track, the penultimate cut on the album, covers a lot of ground. An amalgam of Martial’s Björk-inspired vocals, rivet-punching drum ‘n’ bass, jazz reeds and Argiró’s composer’s hand firmly on the tiller. Zen Song takes it out; leisurely, Di Biase’s measured solo, Argiró at the keyboard, a cinematic sweep, fade to…                
Russell.
The Fall Dance by Maria Chiara Argiró is available now on Odradek Records (ODRCD513). Maria Chiara Argiró is on tour, including an appearance at the Jazz Café, Newcastle on Friday 10th February. Note vocalist Leila Martial will not be appearing in Newcastle.  

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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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