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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 Saturday February 24

Afternoon

Nikki Iles Masterclass - Music Department, Durham University, Palace Green, Durham DH13RL. 1:30pm. £.3.00. Open to the public as observers.

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Hardwick Arms Hotel, 1 North End, Sedgefield TS21 2AZ. Tel: 01740 622305. 1:30pm. Free.

Evening

Billy Bootleggers All-Star Band - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Customs House Big Band - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE33 1ES. Tel: 0191 454 1234. 7:30pm. £12.00.

Mighty Smokin’ Spitfires - Forum Music Centre, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG. 8:00pm (doors). £10.00. Augmented line-up: David Blakey (trumpet), Lloyd Howell (perc.).

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

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Lindsay Hannon Plus ‘Make Dark Heaven Light’ album launch @ The Lit &Phil October 28

Lindsay Hannon (vocals); Mark Williams (guitar); John Pope (bass); Russ Morgan (drums)
(Review by Steve H/Photos courtesy of Ken Drew) 
The Lit and Phil once again played host to a Lindsay Hannon Plus album launch. Personnel changes from the first album saw Russ Morgan on drums replace Tom Chapman whilst James Harrison was replaced by guitarist Mark Williams. The ever-present John Pope on double bass displayed his loyalty by sporting the same shade hair colour as the band leader.

A short set of old favourites: a couple of Joni Mitchell tunes (Hissing of Summer LawnsMain Street),  a Pat Metheny number and Monk’s In Walked Bud got the capacity audience nicely warmed up. The second set saw the unveiling of songs from the new album. Three moving, autobiographical, originals: Everyone, Maths & Morning Revisited (lyrics by Hannon, music by Williams) got things underway. The mood didn’t really get any lighter as versions of Miss Otis Regrets and Robert Wyatt’s Sea Song followed.
Back to back Romeo songs proved not to be the tragedy the Shakespeare might have intended as Mark Knoffler’s Romeo and Juliet was succeeded by Tom Wait’s Romeo Lies Bleeding with great aplomb. The setlist might give the impression that anyone not in tears by the end of the evening was a cruel and heartless misanthrope but nothing could be further from the truth since the quality of both material and performance couldn’t fail to entertain.
The band was remarkably slick almost too slick for my liking. Mark Williams is a great guitarist but I felt he was a little bit too confined in this format and therefore not really given the room to produce his customary explosive solos.  
I am not quite sure why the Lit and Phil was selected by JNE for this launch given that the grand piano lay untouched in a corner of the room. A more club-like venue with softer lighting would have been far better suited to the sultry soulful style that singer Hannon so brilliantly purveys.
The evening concluded with Carlos Jobim’s cheerful upbeat number No More Blues featuring some great work on drums from Russ Morgan. A fitting and joyful ending to a hugely successful evening but you don’t have to take my word for it buy the CD  and you too can experience ‘earth treading stars that make dark heaven light’.

Steve H

1 comment :

Jazz Coop said...

All four of them were indeed 'earth treading stars' that night, and the emotional impact at the end of this superb gig was definitely 'such sweet sorrow'.

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