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Danny Halperin: "Johnny Griffin is possibly the worst tenor saxophonist who has come to widespread public attention in the past decade." – (Jazz News, March 21, 1962).

Polly Gibbons: “If Billie [Holiday] had come up in the ’60s, she probably would have been a soul singer” – (Down Beat August 2017).

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Today Wednesday August 16

Afternoon
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Tynemouth Metro Station, Station Tce., Tynemouth NE30 4RE. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
New Orleans Jazz at the Village Hall - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.
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Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Billy's Acoustic Blues - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free (weekly).
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Tees Hot Club - Cleveland Bay, 718 Yarm Rd., Eaglescliffe TS16 0JE. 9pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

CD Review: Colin Steele Quintet – Even in the Darkest Places

Colin Steele (trumpet), Michael Buckley (saxophones), Dave Milligan (piano), Calum Gourlay (double bass) & Stu Ritchie (drums)
(Review by Russell)
Following a lengthy, debilitating illness Colin Steele is back. Off the scene for too long, trumpeter Steele has been in the studio to record a quintet album. Even in the Darkest Places references a difficult period from which he has emerged with renewed vigour, a new record and a gig diary as busy as any musician could wish for. The CD was recorded in July 2015 at Casltesound Studios, Pencaitland. Now, some twenty months later the physical product is finally available.
Steele is fortunate in being able to call upon some of Britain’s finest to help realise this new album of seven compositions. Long time collaborator Dave Milligan has arranged Steele’s tunes, and the presence of Michael Buckley, saxophones, new recruit Calum Gourlay, double bass, and drummer Stu Ritchie make Even in the Darkest Places an enticing prospect. Relaxed, uplifting melodies are a sure sign of Steele’s delight at being able to play once more. From I Will Wait for You to a lilting Independence Song to Steele’s insistence that There Are Angels, this new recording is a welcome addition to any CD collection. The closing number – Down to the Wire – hears Buckley on soprano dovetailing with bandleader Steele as Milligan, Gourlay and Ritchie hold it down. Steele injects an irresistible bop swing-time feel, the others go with it, Milligan swinging like nobody’s business with Gourlay and Ritchie right on it – Buckley switching to swinging tenor – and, the best part of sixteen steaming minutes later, Even in the Darkest Places leaves the listener wanting more.
Those wanting more can catch Colin Steele in concert across Scotland – and hopefully beyond – in the coming weeks and months. Even in the Darkest Places by the Colin Steele Quintet is out on Friday 17 March. For further details visit: www.colinsteele.com                      
Russell.
NB: Steele describes his traumas and how they were overcome on this YouTube clip.













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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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