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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 Wednesday October 26

Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
Take it to the Bridge (jazz workshop/jam) - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £1.
Dave Rae’s Levee Ramblers - Springwell Village Hall, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 0191 4162630. 9pm. £2.
Lindsay Hannon Plus - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Newcastle NE2 2AE. 7:15pm. No cover charge.
To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

CD Review - Dagda Quartet: DAGDA ((w. Michael Buckley.)

Tom Harrison (alt); Michael Buckley (sop/ten); Billy Adamson (gtr); Tom West (bs); Mike Clowes (dms).
Dagda is the leader of the Tuatha-De-Danann. He is the god of life, death, war, banquets, and magic. He carries a club so big it has to be carried on a cart. 
This was what I discovered when I Googled the band name - and there was me thinking it was some form of contemporary five string banjo tuning!
Not that there were any banjos on this gig! Having heard the band live only a couple of days ago and been suitably impressed I looked forward to hearing the CD and I wasn't disappointed.
Although Tenor Titan Toussaint is replaced by the Dynamic Dublin Doubler Buckley the quality level is undiminished. Not only did the Irishman blow powerful solos on soprano and tenor he also mixed, mastered and produced the whole shebang!
However, this is primarily Harrison's baby. Tom composed the Suite For RLH which was dedicated to his grandfather who may or may not have been the leader of the Tuatha-De-Danann - if he wasn't he should have been. Anyone who can inspire such an impressive work as this must have been quite a guy!
As it was at Sunday's concert, Harrison's alto playing is superb, at times lyrical and melodic, other times forceful and aggressive. Currently in his final year at Trinity he is a musical sandwich board for that seat of learning!
Guitarist Adamson composed and was featured on Song in C - a delicate probing piece with a slightly folky feel to it that built to a logical climax - Mike Clowes drums helping to increase the tension before the horns brought it gently back down.
NLTD showcased Buckley who, driven along by Clowes and West, impressed.
The only non original - Strayhorn's A Flower is a Lovesome Thing - featured Tom West on double bass and Harrison, at his most lyrical - I look forward to hearing much more of him and of Dagda!.
Dagda Quartet, 'Dagda' (LR009) - further details..

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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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