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Bebop Spoken There

Howlin' Wolf: “He [Charlie Patton] was a nice guy, but he just loved the bottle--like all the rest of the musicians. He was a great drinker.” – (DownBeat December 16, 1967).

Frank Zappa: “Those kids [US students] wouldn't know music if it came up and bit 'em on the ass.” – (DownBeat October 3, 1969).

Today Thursday April 26

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Tees Valley Jazzmen - No.1 Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL12 7NJ. Tel: 01388 665533. 12:30pm. Free admission.

Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society - Gateshead Central Library, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead NE8 4LN. 5:00pm. Fortnightly meetings, all welcome.

Evening

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Millstone, Haddrick’s Mill Road, South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 1QL. 0191 2853229. 7pm.

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Holywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. 8:30pm. Free.

Bearpark Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £3 (£2 student/MU.).

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

Tees Hot Club w. Kevin Eland (tpt); Donna Hewitt (sax); Graham Thompson (keys) - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9pm. Free.

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

Monday, April 02, 2018

CD Review: Alcyona Mick & Tori Freestone - Criss Cross

Alcyona Mick (piano); Tori Freestone (tenor, soprano, flute); Brigitte Beraha (vocals (tracks 1 & 8)
(Review by Steve H)
Alcyona Mick and Tori Freestone had been friends for years performing together in various outfits including the London Jazz Orchestra, but it was in 2015 they came together at the behest of the Manchester Jazz Festival’s artistic director Steve Mead. 2018 sees the launch of the pair’s debut album Criss Cross.
Beginning with one of two tracks featuring vocalist Brigitte Beraha, Hermetica gets the album off to a flying start as the wordless singing is complemented perfectly by the bird-like flute of Freestone and the punchy piano of Mick.  Charmed Life, a ‘Monkish’ style ballad, features Freestone at her most lyrical.
Strange Behaviour is again another ‘Monkish’ type piece as Mick emulates the master with great panache. Exchange is an up-tempo number as soprano and piano interplay with great touch and lightness. Goodnight Computer the longest track on the album takes us on a riveting almost classical journey as piano and tenor interweave keeping one interested throughout. 
Mrs PC is a highly enjoyable and jaunty acknowledgment to its male predecessor.  The title track, and Monk tune, Criss Cross, does great justice to the delightful composition. Beraha joins the duo again for an atmospheric interpretation of a traditional folk song Press Gang.
The album, which is completed with a bonus track El Barranco, is delightfully packaged with the track listing given in the form of cryptic crossword clues - luckily the answers are also displayed. See if you can work out this one - 6 Across: A female police constable who won’t speak her mind. To sum up, Nial I fasten (anag.)  A fine listen.
Steve H.

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