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June Christy: "We used to say that if Stan [Kenton] had wanted to become President, nobody else would have stood a chance. ''- (Jazz FM issue 4, 1990).


Eddie Condon: "Every Kenton record sounds to me as though Stan signed up 300 men for the date and they were all on time." - (Jazz FM issue 4, 1990).



Today Friday October 28

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free. 0191 2513928.
Emma Fisk/James Birkett Duo - The Lit & Phil, 23 Westgate Rd., /Newcastle NE1 1SE. 1pm. £4.
Gerry Richardson's Big Idea – Ushaw College, Nr. Durham DH7 9RH. 7:30pm. £7.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington. 7:00pm.
Ruth Lambert/Alan Law - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. 6pm Free. 0191 2331010.
Hand to Mouth (Lindsay Hannon/Bradley Johnston) - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm. Free.
To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, March 02, 2012

CD Review: All There, Ever Out Alexander Hawkins Ensemble

Alexander Hawkins (piano & Hammond B3 organ), Javier Carmona (drums & percussion), Otto Fischer (guitar), Dominic Lash (double bass), Hannah Marshall (cello) & Orphy Robinson (marimba) + Kit Downes (Hammond B3 organ) 
 Alexander Hawkins has visited Tyneside on several occasions with his own ensemble and in the quartet he co-leads with bassist Dominic Lash, Taylor Ho Bynum and Harris Eisenstadt (collectively the Convergence Quartet). 
All There, Ever Out is the Hawkins’ Ensemble’s second release on the Babel label. Hawkins balances the freely improvised with structured composition; the pendulum swings from one to the other within a given piece as conversations are struck between two, then three or more instruments. Tatum Totem III features Hawkins’ sparkling piano playing, Otto Fischer’s incisive ‘out’ excursions, Orphy Robinson (marimba) and sharp drumming from Javier Carmona. Ahab with its military march piano, drum rolls and abundant humour puts this track firmly in the Rootie Tootie tradition of Monk (and Tracey). 
An untitled group composition - (Untitled Free Improvisation) - spotlights Hawkins’ piano and one of Hannah Marshall’s many effective Downtown cello contributions. Hawkins’ talents as composer, musician and bandleader are distilled on Elmoic, the stand-out track of this wonderful new album. Myriad influences coalesce – Tatum swing, stride, off-kilter Monk and finally the big ensemble sound propelled Mingus-like by bassist Dominic Lash. 
All There, Ever Out with liner notes by Taylor Ho Bynum is released on April 9th on the Babel label (Babel BDV1196). The CD launch is at the Vortex, London on April 22nd. The Alexander Hawkins Ensemble will be touring later this year. 
Those within touching distance of Newcastle can hear Hawkins next week (Thursday March 8th ) with Vole in a much anticipated gig at the Bridge Hotel.

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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.)
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