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Michelle Coltrane: "It was Geri Allen who told me, 'Why don't you work with a guitar player? It's a lot easier. They're mobile, all the pianos are out of tune'" - DownBeat March 2018.

Verneri Pohjola: “I've been trying to get away from being 'a young and promising trumpet player' for over twenty years” DownBeat March 2018.

Today Tuesday February 20

Afternoon

Classic Swing - The Ship, Front St., Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.

Evening

Jam Session - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. Free.

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

Sunday, September 15, 2013

CD Review: Stephen McQuarry Trio - Azure.

Stephen McQuarry (pno); Ted Burik (bs); Greg German (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Another fine piano trio. This time all originals - or are they? Well, yes they are although some tracks do paint a portrait of an individual. 
Blues For Jack is very much Monk orientated although John McLaughlin is quoted as being the main influence. Not a bad combination to work around! Azure is is a lovely flowing piece with no one in mind save the pianist himself whose original and complex chord progressions present a worthwhile challenge to both player and listener. Lunar, the liner notes tell me, uses the compositional technique of inverted melody and chord changes based on the tune Solar.
Little Brown House, Sunday Afternoon and Azadeh are tributes, respectively, to Tadd Dameron, Bill Evans and Herbie Hancock albeit with McQuarry's own stamp - I don't think the subjects would object even though the Evans feature manages to bring Giant Steps into the equation!
After the sensitive A View From My Heart comes You Never Know - a boppish Charlie Parker type theme. 34 Miles Away is inspired by Joe Zawinal's 74 miles Away. The trick here is that Zawinal's was in 7/4 whereas McQuarry's is in 3/4. Lydia is a piece in the Lydian Mode (someone remind me what that is) and is inspired by Clare Fischer.
It's a good album with fine piano playing, excellent bass and sympathetic drums. Didn't quite hit me the way the Mike Jones Trio did but still well worth checking out.
Stephen McQuarry Trio - Azure is currently available on Mandala Records MR104.
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.
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