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Bebop Spoken There

Don Rendell: "It was about the time that the organ-type piano attachment - the clavioline - was invented. And the poster billing at one place where we played up north announced proudly, but erroneously: "The Johnny Dankworth Seven, featuring Frank Holder and the cleolaine" " - (www.jazzprofessional.com, December 2001).

Mary Lou Williams: “...it was discovered I possessed perfect pitch. Rumour of this oddity spread throughout the school, and pupils would drop pots and pans and other loud objects, asking 'What note, Mary?' (Melody Maker, 1954).

Today Friday May 25

Afternoon

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Swing Manouche - Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. Tel: 03000 269 524. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Evening

Jerron ‘Blind Boy’ Paxton - Sage Gateshead. 7:45pm. £15.30. NRFH. Solo blues, multi-instrumentalist, influences include Fats Waller & Blind Lemon Jefferson.

Shatner’s Bassoon - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm. £8 (£6 in advance).

Hand to Mouth (Lindsay Hannon & Bradley Johnston) - Vicolo: Live in the Lane, Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. 8:00pm. Free.

Baghdaddies - Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 6:00pm. Online booking: £10.00. + £1.37 booking fee. The Whitley Bay Carnival ‘Big Ball’ featuring debut of the Baghdaddies’ big band line-up.

Nick Pride & the Pimptones - Cumberland Arms, James Place Street, Byker, Newcastle NE6 1LD. Tel: 0191 265 6151. 6:00pm. Free.

Swamp Hoppers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.

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

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

CD Review:Wolfgang Muthspiel - Driftwood

Wolfgang Muthspiel (guitar); Larry Grenadier (double bass); Brian Blade (drums).
(Review by Hugh Cochrane)
Driftwood, the début CD for ECM as leader from Wolfgang Muthspiel, comes with full jazz credentials and features Larry Grenadier on bass and Brian Blade on drums. This album is the first time that these three musicians have come together as a trio, but Muthspiel has played with each of the other members of the triumvirate individually over many years.
Muthspiel, Austrian by birth, is schooled in both the classical and jazz guitar traditions and as well as his jazz projects, writes for contemporary classical music ensembles. On this disc he plays both acoustic and electric instruments. The disc, recorded in Oslo, is very much in the ECM landscape, and indeed Muthspiel was thinking about Manfred Eicher's sound aesthetic when composing for the album.
The disc has eight tracks, coming in at just over 43 minutes in total. After the darkly melodic first track, Joseph (after fellow Austrian Joe Zawinul) comes the upbeat Uptown. The moody Cambiata follows – it almost feels like we have entered the deserted set of a Western. The tempo hots up again in Highline, with some beautiful bowed bass from Larry Grenadier. The title track, Driftwood, follows - this is a free improvisation with Muthspiel on acoustic guitar. Lichtzelle is a free spirited duet between Muthspiel on electric and Blade on percussion – composed on the spot as Blade had never heard the piece before. Madame Vonn is a ballad composed by Muthspiel for the olympic skier Lindsey Vonn following a terrible crash in a race. The final track Bossa for Michael Brecker is a tribute to the late saxophonist's playing style, much admired by Muthspiel.
The overall feel of this disc is deeply atmospheric, in line with the ECM style and the moody packaging of the product. The subtlety of interplay between the three musicians is very evident. This would be a great gig in the round in Hall 2 at Sage Gateshead (Ros Rigby take note!).
There are plans for a European tour next year by the Dino Saluzzi group. To hear Wolfgang Muthspiel, however, it will be necessary to travel to Australia at the beginning of the forthcoming antipodean spring – shame, eh?
Hugh C.
ECM. Catalogue No. 375 6400 now available.

1 comment :

Russell said...

Yes, it would have been nice to hear Muthspiel in the UK.

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