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Frank Zappa: "There was so much acid during the '60s that it was very easy for large numbers of people to think they had seen God as soon as the Beatles went boom, boom, boom, you know?." - (DownBeat May 18, 1978). – (DownBeat May 18, 1978).

Ryan Keberle: “Don't be easy on yourself when it comes to playing with perfect intonation. All other instruments will be playing with close-to-perfect intonation; the same should be expected of trombonists.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Thursday March 22


Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Higher Education & Research Presents: Future Grooves - Sage Gateshead. 12 noon. £5.00. Showcase performances by BMus & BA degree course students featuring jazz and non-jazz sets.

Tees Valley Jazzmen - White Horse Hotel, Burtree Lane, Harrowgate Hill, Darlington DL1 3AD. Tel: 01325 463262. 1:30pm. Free.


MGB: Milne Glendinning Band - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00. Milne, Glendinning, Katy Trigger (bass) & Nik Alevroyiannis (drums).

BABMUS @ Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm. £3.00. (£2.00. students/MU).

Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra - St Cuthbert’s Centre, Church Hill, Crook DL15 9DN. Tel: 01388 765002. 7:30pm. £7.50., £5.00. child, £20.00. family.

Higher Education & Research Presents: Future Grooves - Sage Gateshead. 7:30pm. £5.00. Showcase performances by BMus & BA degree course students featuring jazz and non-jazz sets.

Ada Francis & the Italic Quartet - Las Iguanas, Grey Street, Newcastle NE1 6AF. Tel: 0191 232 9729. 7:30pm. Fortnightly restaurant residency. Line-up: Ada Francis (vocals); Jimmy Jefford (tenor saxophone); Ben Richardson (piano); Luke Gaul (bass) & Harry Still (drums).

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter’s Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. Tel: 0191 488 8068. 8:30pm. Free.

Tees Hot Club w. Gus Smith (vocal); Richie Emmerson (tenor); Bruce Taylor (keys) - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9pm. Free.

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

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

CD Review: Thundercat Presents "Drunk"

(Review by Steve T)
I wanted to review this ahead of the Gateshead International Jazz Festival where Miles Mosley, the other 'West Coast Get Down' bass player, is playing the Northern Rock Foundation Hall late Saturday night. Some may say it isn't Jazz but when did that ever stop me! Others may claim it's the very future of Jazz.
Kamazi Washington is the most easily recognisably Jazz, nephew of Trane, Flying Lotus is the innovative producer, Kendrick Lamar the rapper but it's the Jazz end of hip-hop rather than the punkrock look how rebellious I am. Thundercat is the funk end.

It's actually rather low-key for an album by a bass player called Thundercat. It's reminiscent of the Brothers Johnstone and Alphonso Johnstone (unrelated).
When Quincy Jones unleashed the brothers he nicknamed them thunder thumbs and lightning licks and they were essentially a funk band who arrived at Jazz funk from the other end. Louis was one of the most revered bass players in funk but it's the weakness of guitarist brother Michael’s vocals which bear comparison to those of Thundercat.
These are beefed up on Show you the Way by guests Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins and you may have heard this on BBC Radio. Other tracks feature Kendrick Lamar, Wiz Khalifa and Pharrell Williams and, as with Lamar’s last album, there's an Isleys cover though here it's barely recognisable.
A review in one of the broadsheets took the opportunity to compare the inclusion of McDonald with Jaco playing with moany Joni, but this sounds more like the disappointing solo albums of Alphonso Johnstone, bass player in Weather Report before Jaco, considered by many, Santana included, to be their finest ever line-up.
If you aren't already, you should keep an ear on the 'West Coast Get Down' and Miles Mosley would be a great way to start, but once those tickets have gone, if three CDs of Kamazi Washingtons Epic seems a bit much, you could do worse than this.  
Out now.

Steve T.
S Bruner (vocals, bass, programming).
M McDonald (vocals, keyboards); K Loggins, K Lamar, C Thomaz, P Williams (vocals); K Washington (sax); D Hamm (keyboards); C Dickerson, T Graves (keyboards, programming); S Ellison (synthesiser, programming); Z Zekoff (programming); Z Carney (guitar); L Cole (drums, keyboards, programming); D Parks (drums); S Burris (synth bass); M Atwood-Ferguson (strings). 

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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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