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Bebop Spoken There

Don Rendell: “The public...complain of a lack of modern jazz in their area and then don't support it when it arrives." - (Melody Maker, May 5th 1962)

Ronnie Scott: "People are just not prepared to sit and listen to jazz during the week." (Melody Maker, July 21st 1962)

Today Thursday July 20

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., nr. Newcastle NE27 0DA. 1:oopm. Free.
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Evening.
Sarathy Korwar Quintet - Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre, 59 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SG. 8pm. £10. (£8 conc.).JNE gig.
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Tyne Valley Big Band + Tyne Valley Youth Big Band + Tyne Valley Junior Jazz Ensemble -Phoenix Bar, Chisholm Place, Hexham. 6pm (Collection).
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Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter's Wheel, Sunniside NE16 5EE, 8:30pm. Free.
Screamin' Miss Jackson & the Slap Ya Mama Big Band - The Schooner, South Shore Rd., Gateshead. 8:30pm. Free.
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Tees Hot Club w. James Harrison (piano); Richie Emmerson (tenor); Ray Dales (alto) - Dormans, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Free. 9pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

CD review: Alex Hutton Trio - Magna Carta Suite

Alex Hutton (piano), Yuri Goloubev (double bass) & Asaf Sirkis (drums) + Neil Sparkes (vocals), Liz Palmer (baroque flute) & Liesbeth Allart (cor anglais)
(Review by Russell)
The Magna Carta Suite 800 years on. Listening to Alex Hutton’s latest CD one wonders if it’s a project he’s had in mind for some time. The worlds of classical and English folk music saturate this concept album. Twelve tracks with a total running time of thirty nine minutes, CD cover artwork incorporating the skills of the calligrapher and, perhaps, that of the lithographer, this F-IRE label release showcases the interests of a quintessentially English jazz musician.
Hutton is known for his freewheeling, swinging jazz piano playing. Magna Carta Suite features his regular trio – bassist Yuri Goloubev and dynamic percussionist Asaf Sirkis – playing, for the most part, in a restrained manner. The Court of King John wouldn’t have had any difficulty with the stately compositions and instrumentation on this CD. Baroque flute and cor anglais* take their place alongside the conventional instruments of a twenty first century jazz trio. Old Yew (the Magna Carta was signed under a yew tree) introduces Liz Palmer’s baroque flute. Liesbeth Allart’s cor anglais lends an authentic early music sound to the project on King John’s Hunting Lodge (one minute twenty three seconds in its brevity) and again on the closing track As Sunlight Passes (Old Yew). The closing two compositions feature the spoken word. Listed as ‘vocals’ in the CD notes, Neil Sparkes’ annunciation is that of a poet reading from a scroll. His words are printed on one side of the CD cover. Where’s the jazz? Try tracks five, six and seven. Track six – Gunpowder and Compass – is based on a theme from Bach’s Fugue in C minor. No question about it JS Bach was a proto jazz improviser! These three tracks, coincidentally (?) the longest on the CD, allow the core trio to stretch out and play some jazz. Asaf Sirkis generates huge energy, Hutton and Goloubev feed off it, this is the jazz on Magna Carta Suite.       
Magna Carta Suite is released on July 13 on the F-IRE label (F-IRECD 82).
Neil Sparkes’ Magna Carta Suite- Xerox Sonnets & X-Ray Blues is published by Hesterglock Press 2015.
Russell.
*Note – cor anglais is on track 4 (not listed in CD notes), in addition to tracks 2 and 9.

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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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