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Danny Gatton: "I was tired of playing in beer joints. I wanted to do something tangible like building cars. But once you do music it gets into your blood. You can get away from it for awhile but sooner or later it comes back to you." - (Down Beat April 1991).

Tal Farlow: "There were times when I would stop [playing guitar] and do sign painting." - (Downbeat December 5, 1963)

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Today Wednesday August 23

Afternoon
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 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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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

CD Review: Blind Monk Trio – coulrophobia

Bob Whittaker (tenor saxophone), Hugo Harrison (double bass) & Johnny Hunter (drums)
(Review by Russell)
Don’t’ fear them, clowns that is. The Liverpool-based Blind Monk Trio appears fearless in its direct, take-no-prisoners assault on the senses. The trio’s 2014 recording is a roller coaster fairground ride of relentless full-on tenor to swashbuckling swing time invention to manic Balkan episodes. Eight compositions – with a total running time of just short of forty minutes – serve as an accurate summation of the live experience.
Bob Whittaker’s hard-edged tenor playing is matched by the rattling poly-rhythmic drum style of the in demand Johnny Hunter and right in the middle of them is the let-me-swing double bassist Hugo Harrison. A tight rope tension is maintained throughout with several attempted break-out swing sections discouraged by a self-imposed three line whip. Titles (all written in lower case) are variously playful – empire state of mime – and quite simply curious – count backwards from ten. A tentative, exploratory tenor opening on (the lower case) set to stun! is an exception to the norm hinting at a free workout before discipline is once again imposed. All tracks are collaborative compositions with, undoubtedly, untold hours of rehearsal time devoted to honing an impressive group sound.
Those familiar with the sound of Taupe and Dead Hedge Trio will be keen to check out a trio cut from the same northern rock face.
Russell.
coulrophobia by Blind Monk Trio is available at www.blindmonktrio.com      

1 comment :

  1. "Eight compositions .... serve as an accurate summation of the live experience" - sometimes good live bands find it hard to capture their sound on recordings. My view, this is the case here. In Liveerpool we're priviledged to be able to catch them 'live' regularly and in another incarnation [as Marley Chingus] with the addition of Misha Grey on keyboards [both with shifting personnel] and as the Marley Chingus Explosion with sitting-in musicians. Friday night bliss.

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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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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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