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Howard Riley: “When I started out playing jazz back in the late 50s, early 60s, if you wanted a gig you had to learn some standards.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Eric Harland: “I love swing and I’m always going to swing but I also know that you can take a hip-hop groove and improvise with that just like you would with a swing pattern.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Today Saturday April 29

Afternoon

1pm: Dean Stockdale Trio. 2:30pm: Abbie Finn Quartet 4pm: Rick Laughlin Trio - Quakerhouse, Mechanics’ Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 01325 245052. 1:00-5:00pm. Free (donations).

Evening

Dave O’Higgins with Durham Alumni Big Band - Majestic Theatre, Bondgate, Darlington DL3 7JT. Support set by Durham County Youth Big Band (7:15pm). £12.00. (+ concs).

Late night jam session - Quakerhouse, Mechanics’ Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 01325 245052.10:30pm. Free.

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Ruby Turner - Alnwick Playhouse. 7:30pm. £21.00. & £20.00.

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Fever & Friends - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE333 3NG. 7:30pm. £12.00. 0191 454234.

Bradley Johnston (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.

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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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