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Bebop Spoken There

Artie Shaw: “I'm not interested in giving people what they want--I'm interested in making music.” – (DownBeat October 15, 1939).

Jason Marsalis: “There's so many places that this music can go and there's a lot yet to be discovered.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Sunday March 18


Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 12 noon. Free.

Jason Isaacs & the Ambassadors of Swing - Hoochie Coochie, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. 5:30pm (doors 4:00pm). £16.00.

Revolutionaires - Tyne Bar, Maling St, Newcastle NE6 1LP. 3pm. Free.

Somethin’ Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 5:00pm. Tel: 01325 788564. Matt Case (saxophone) & Mike Hepple (guitar).


POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER! Zoë Gilby Quartet - Black Bull, Bridge Street, Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8:00pm. £5.00. Rescheduled August 19.

Alter Ego - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00.

Bradley Johnston - The Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 6:00pm. Free. New weekly residency.

Gypsy Dave Smith - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

CD Review Samadhi Quintet - The Dance of Venus

Krzysztof Urbanski (tenor & soprano saxophones), Dominic J Marshall (piano), Sam Vicary (bass), Sam Bell (percussion) & Sam Gardner (drums).
(Review by Russell).
The Dance of Venus is a phonographic celebration of life, consciousness and the universe and the group explore the role of meditation and still consciousness in music. The album is inspired by the Quadrivium – the four Liberal Arts of Number, Geometry, Music and Cosmology, studied from antiquity as a means to perceive the beautiful numerical order that characterizes the universe. 
Don’t switch off! Read on…

Bandleader Sam Gardner has studied the Indian classical repertoire of the tabla under the brilliant Bhupinder Singh Chaggar and Jesse Bannister and adapted it for drum kit. There is the little matter of drum studies with Dave Hassle and Gary Husband (in recent years drummer of choice for John McLaughlin) and one begins to see where the amiable young drummer is coming from. Gardner has gigged many times in Newcastle, indeed all of the band have appeared on Tyneside of late (Singh Chaggar memorably so in concert at the Corner House) and the above blurb can be taken as you wish. What counts is the music – and it’s great! Krzyztof Urbanski is an award-winning saxophonist with commendations from the likes of Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Kenny Burrell. Pianist Dominic J Marshall is another garlanded young musician and the common denominator between he and Urbanski is they are gloriously Old Skool players. Yes, they’ve got attitude (hip hop attitude), why wouldn’t they (so young, so talented)?
Eight tracks make up The Dance of Venus. Flowing, turbulent, tight, myriad influences – American jazz, hip hop, Indian rhythms, Latin rhythms (percussionist Sam Bell spent a year in Cuba as a student). Track six – Deimos – encapsulates all that is best about this recording. Superb musicianship (great bass playing by the third Sam, Sam Vicary), the acoustic quality of the studio recording exemplary, five ‘tuned-in’ musicians. Listen to the CD, that’s all that matters. Catch them live, they’re impressive. The Dance of Venus by Samadhi Quintet is available now on the F-IRE label (F-IRECD81).    

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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.
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