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Danny Halperin: "Johnny Griffin is possibly the worst tenor saxophonist who has come to widespread public attention in the past decade." – (Jazz News, March 21, 1962).

Polly Gibbons: “If Billie [Holiday] had come up in the ’60s, she probably would have been a soul singer” – (Down Beat August 2017).

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Today Wednesday August 16

Afternoon
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Tynemouth Metro Station, Station Tce., Tynemouth NE30 4RE. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
New Orleans Jazz at the Village Hall - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.
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Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Billy's Acoustic Blues - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free (weekly).
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Tees Hot Club - Cleveland Bay, 718 Yarm Rd., Eaglescliffe TS16 0JE. 9pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, September 07, 2012

CD Review - Vitor Pereira Quintet: Doors.

Vitor Pereira (gtr); Chris Williams (alt); James Allsopp (ten); Ryan Trebilcock (bs); Eddie Hick (dms).
(Review by Lance)
An impressive, if somewhat varied, début album from Portuguese guitarist Pereira, who composed all 8 tracks, taking in many moods and genres.
Coffee Break begins in a civilised manner as befits the title but soon erupts into a scalding espresso with all participants at boiling point before cooling down. 
Andancas has Pereira soloing above the supportive horns gently handing over to some probing interplay between alto and tenor that increases in intensity to an almost Free Improv - delete almost - before they come back together with the regimentated precision of Charlie Haden's Liberation Orchestra. Reviravolta gives bassist Trebilcock his moment in the Portuguese twilight leading in to some melodic variations from saxes. The Machine is a bizarre mix of cross-rhythms before levelling out to a -  wait for it - machinelike ending.
Outra Paragens (Other Stops) sees Pereira laying down the route over a Latin based foundation. Chris Williams has a loping solo that takes it to where he wants it to go.
Doors is a blistering paint-stripper that builds to an almost unbearable climax then stops - coitus interruptus indeed! Leading to Something leads to some more interplay by the quintet interspersed with instrumental breaks in one of Pereira's more compelling themes.
The final Last Link in the Chain combines contemporary ensemble with more Free (ish) moments that don't hurt a bit - particularly when the leader's guitar takes over to ensure that sanity prevails - the final drum break by Eddie Hicks reminds us how inspirational a percussionist he is.
This is an impressive first album from a guitarist already making strides on the London scene where has been since 2004 emerging from Middlesex Uni with a BA hons in Jazz under the tuition of Stuart Hall, Mike Outran, Chris Batchelor and Nikki Iles.
Vitor Pereira Quintet: Doors - Released on F-IRE presents  F-IRECD 47 on September 17.
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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