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Artie Shaw: “I'm not interested in giving people what they want--I'm interested in making music.” – (DownBeat October 15, 1939).

Jason Marsalis: “There's so many places that this music can go and there's a lot yet to be discovered.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Saturday March 17


Rat Pack - Live from Las Vegas @ Sunderland Empire, High St West, Sunderland SR1 3EX. 2:30pm. Featuring Rat Pack Big Band & Burrelli Sisters.


KOAN 7 - the Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:00pm. £5.00. (£4.00. concs). ‘Form and Space’ ‘An evening of free improvisation and original composition’. Line-up includes John Pope (solo improvised set).

Rat Pack - Live from Las Vegas @ Sunderland Empire, High St West, Sunderland SR1 3EX. 7:30pm. Featuring Rat Pack Big Band & Burrelli Sisters.

Boys of Brass - Brandling Villa, Haddricks Mill Road, South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 1QL. 9:00pm. Free.

Ben Cipolla - Great Broughton Village Hall, Ingleby Road, Great Broughton, Cleveland TS9 7ER. 7:30pm. Tickets: £12.50 from 01642 712176.

Gilded Thieves - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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st of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

CD Review: Empirical Tabula Rasa

Nathaniel Facey (alto saxophone), Shaney Forbes (drums), Tom Farmer (double bass) & Lewis Wright (vibes) 
(Review by Russell)
Tabula Rasa is Empirical’s fourth CD. The listener is encouraged to approach the album without preconceptions, a blank slate (Tabula Rasa). Ears open, mind receptive. A two disc CD, Empirical work with the Benyounes String Quartet, having first  encountered them at Trinity Laban, London. All four members of Empirical have written for the album (fourteen tracks in total).
Keen to emphasise that the recording isn’t simply jazz quartet with the addition of strings, the opening track - The Simple Light Shines Brightest (comp. Facey) - begins with the Benyounes and Shaney Forbes’ sensitive percussion, then Lewis Wright’s vibes, with altoist Nathaniel Facey heard latterly. The contemporary jazz feel for which the band has become known is perhaps best represented by Empiricism (comp. Forbes) and Studies in Time (comp. Farmer). Forbes’ Where Wisdom is Found closes the first CD with a distinct ‘jazz with strings’ format. A lush string arrangement rather than ‘outside’ playing, without preconceptions this came as something of a surprise!
One for ‘Bones’ (comp. Facey) opens the second CD with the composer’s incisive, bullet-point alto encased in Wright’s ethereal  vibes until Forbes breaks it up with some sharp drumming. Wright’s The World in His Mind, a mid tempo piece, offers space to all; Forbes’ roams across the kit, playful alto dances this way then that and strings take it out. Facey’s bop-inspired Scoffie (The Moody One) lets Farmer take it for a walk as the quartet presses the accelerator. Contemporary classical, contemporary composition, call it what you will, Forbes’ Repentance signals another change of direction. Dark strings, urgent vibes (right out of 1960s French New Wave cinema), finally resolved in a pastoral stillness.
Empirical can be heard in concert with the Benyounes String Quartet at the Purcell Room, London on October 16.
Tabula Rasa is available now on Naim Jazz Records (naimcd 193).           

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