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Wayne Escoffery: "My philosophy is keeping one foot in the past and one foot in the future" - DownBeat March 2018.

Scott Bradlee: “When audiences hear it [Sweet Child O’ Mine] there’s a lightbulb moment when they recognise the song’s hook, even though it’s in a different context. They’re so used to hearing it one way that it causes some cognitive dissonance. If it’s a song they’ve disparaged in the past and they now find themselves liking it, that’s really interesting to me” DownBeat March 2018.

Today Sunday February 18

Afternoon

Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 12 noon. Free.

Somethin’ Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 5:00pm. Tel: 01325 788564. Matt Case (saxophone) & Mike Hepple (guitar).

Evening

Postmodern Jukebox - Sage Gateshead NE8 2JR. 7:30pm. From £27.30.

Bradley Johnston - The Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 6:00pm. Free. New weekly residency.

Fred Craig, Bill Stewart - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Jazz Jam - Empty Shop, 35c Framwellgate Bridge, Durham DH1 4SJ. 7:30pm. Free.

Jazz Cooperators - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.

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

Sunday, October 01, 2017

CD Review: Entropi - Moment Frozen

Dee Byrne: alto/compositions; André Cannière: trumpet; Rebecca Nash: piano; Olie Brice: double bass; Matt Fisher: drums.
(Review by Steve H). 
I have seen Entropi a couple of times and enjoyed both gigs immensely so I was very excited when their second CD, Moment Frozen, dropped through the letter box. I am pleased to say that my high expectations were confirmed in full. 
According to the liner notes the compositions are inspired ‘galactic and chronometric’ themes. The concept of the album is that life is a series of snapshots, “If we hold each of them up to the light, are we happy with these frozen moments, which, make up the sum of our existence?”  Thought provoking stuff and the album certainly has a stimulating and stellar like quality.
Things get off to a cracking start with the fairly straight ahead Stelliferous Era (one of the 5 stages of the life of the universe). Coincidently, all members of the quintet get to show off what they are about with André Cannière playing in a Miles-like fashion..
Fish Whisperer, after a tentative start, has an explosive saxophone solo in the middle before returning to a whispery finale. 
There’s quite a disjointed feel to Interloper; it bursts into life with all manner of instruments playing off against each other - as disturbing as an intruder may be, although I thoroughly enjoyed the incursion.
The title track, Moment Frozen, is described as “recreating the circular motion of this (see Elst Pizarro) comet/asteroid in the asteroid belt...” and certainly has a cinematic cosmic feel to it.
It’s Time highlights a wonderful solo from Rebecca Nash on Rhodes, underpinned by great double bass work from Olie Brice and Matt Fisher on drums before Dee Byrne and Andre Canniere combine to great effect. 
A stark double bass intro to In the Cold Light of Day, melancholy trumpet takes over, then the piece explodes as Byrne hits us with a spellbinding alto solo, until a far more tranquil section takes over. 
Elst Pizarro is inspired by a body found in space which displays characteristics of both a comet and asteroid - a bit like some people I know, actually.  
Leap of Faith provides a languid and peaceful conclusion to a genuinely fine album from one of the UK’s great crop of young contemporary jazz bands.  
Steve H.
Entropi - Moment Frozen - Available on Whirlwind.

1 comment :

Christoph said...

just listened to Dee Byrne and her excellent quintet for the second time and I enjoyed it.
One of the best albums 2017 !
Greetings to the UK from Berlin, Germany.
(Love the title of your blog: "Bebop Spoken Here" , simply ingenious..)

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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.
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