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Bebop Spoken There

Ralph Peterson: "My brushwork is not often talked about, but I take it as seriously as the bombast." - (DownBeat, December 2018).

Today Wednesday November 14

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8:00pm. £1.00.

Jam session - Dun Cow, Brandling Village, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 4RS. Tel: 0191 338 7981. 8:00pm. Free. James Harrison, Paul Grainger, Russ Morgan.

Community Hall New Orleans Band - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm £3.00.

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson Street, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

Auld Man's Baccie - Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX.Tel: 0191 338 7989. 8:00pm. Free. New weekly blues session.

Swing St. - Pier Red, 27 Castlegate, Berwick on Tweed TD15 1LF. 01289 309168. 8pm. Free.

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

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Jam Session @ The Black Swan - Nov. 13

(Review by Lance).

Such is the nature of jam sessions that the standard of performance is variable and if I say that this week didn't quite have the pizzazz of two weeks ago there was still plenty to savour, not least the house rhythm section who ensured that everyone got the best of support.

Showtime (David Gray) arrived wearing a hat that became a mute or was it vice versa? Whatever, he didn't pale by comparision with the trombone players I'd already heard that day on CD.

Elliott Todd, from Manchester, and George Sykes from, musically speaking, Vermont appeared to struggle early on but, once the instruments were warmed up, got into their stride later on.
The vocalists tended to be under amplified and Poppy's fluting would have benefitted from closer proximity to the mic.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

CD Review: John Fedchock Quartet - Reminiscence

John Fedchock (trombone); John Toomey (piano); Jimmy Masters (bass); Dave Ratajczak (drums); Billy Williams (drums on 1 track).
(Review by Lance).
Another fine trombone album - two in one day!
Fedchock, who came in at No. 17 in the recent DownBeat Poll (should have been placed much higher), has also had a couple of Grammy nominations for Best  Instrumental Arrangement and has to his credit five big band recordings. However, it is his trombone playing that is to the fore revealing a sound with the mellowness of Dorsey and the attack and rapidity of JJ. In fact, if Peter Lin and John Fedchock got together it would be a case of Jay and Kai ride again!

CD Review: Lucas Pino’s ‘No Net Nonet’ - That’s A Computer

Lucas Pino (tenor sax/bass clarinet), Alex LoRe (alto), Mat Jodrell (trumpet), Nick Finzer (trombone), Andrew Gutauskas (baritone), Rafal Sarnecki (guitar), Glenn Zaleski (piano), Desmond White(bass), Jimmy Macbride(drums), Camila Meza (voice). 
(Review by Dave Brownlow).

“That’s a computer” was the unkind, dismissive comment made by one of Lucas Pino’s professors at Juilliard Music School upon hearing the young saxophonist/composer/arranger’s work. “No Net Nonet” is the perfect riposte from Pino and his nine-piece ensemble and we can share their responses in the seven performances on this enjoyable, swinging and energetic CD.

Alex LoRe’s attractive Antiquity features the soaring, fleet-fingered altoist, amidst a pleasant-on-the-ear arrangement full of interest, changes of pace and carefully thought-out section work.

CD Review: Peter Lin - With Respect

Peter Lin (trombone); Anthony Nelson Jr. (tenor/soprano/flute); Benjamin Kovacs (tenor); Anthony Ware (alto); James Zollar (trumpet); Oscar Williams II (piano); Charles Sigler (guitar); Ben Rubens (bass); Nic Cacioppo/ Winard Harper (drums).
(Review by Lance).
Straight down the middle jazz with a contemporary touch although not enough to do any harm. Partly reminiscent of the west coast jazz of the 1950s, the recording took place in New Jersey earlier this year. But, if you're thinking east as opposed to west you're only half right as several of the numbers are songs from the Chinese and Taiwanese popular songbooks and you can't get much further east than that. 

Monday, November 12, 2018

Jessica Radcliffe - Remembrance - Press release

Steve Crocker kindly observed that we at BSH do reviews rather than cutting and pasting press releases which, 99% of the time, is correct. 
However, on this occasion because the subject matter is so emotive and on all the front pages, rather than express my own feelings on the album I’ll leave it to the Ubuntu PR Dept. to describe the November 30 release (followed by an album launch at Pizza Express, Soho, on December 2)
Lance.

(Press release).

The Sun on Danby Gardens by Dr. Keith Armstrong

The sun on Danby Gardens
smells of roast beef,
tastes of my youth.
The flying cinders of a steam train
spark in my dreams.
Across the old field,
a miner breaks his back
and lovers roll in the ditches,
off beaten tracks.
Off Bigges Main,
my grandad taps his stick,
reaches for the braille of long-dead strikes.

Lorraine Baker's Eden - Album Launch Tour @ the Bridge Hotel, Newcastle - Nov. 11

Lorraine Baker (drums); Binker Golding (tenor); John Turville (piano); Paul Michael (bass guitar).
(Review by Lance/ photo courtesy of Ken Drew).
I'd heard/reviewed the CD and knew what to expect. John Turville had replaced Liam Noble for the tour of which this JNE gig was about midway. The keyboarder dug in and ensured that nothing was lost in the exchange. Binker was, well Binker! With or without Moses he's a tenor contender. On bass guitar, Michael laid it down, soloing and supporting effectively.
Baker paid dutiful tribute to her inspiration, Ed Blackwell, and most of the numbers played related to Blackwell and are on the CD. Thus we heard compositions by Ornette Coleman, Don Cherry, Charlie Haden, Karl Berger, Mark Helias plus John Coltrane's Central Park West which I don't think is on the album (the artwork is confusing) but was quite beautiful with Golding in lyrical mode.
The first set was ok but didn't really come totally to life until the final number, Coleman's Blues Connotation, that had our tenor player in full, no holds barred, flight.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Mike Durham's Classic Jazz Party 2018 @ Village Hotel, Newcastle - Nov 4 (evening)

(Review by Russell/Photos courtesy (and ©) of DJC de la Haye)

The final session of this year's Classic Jazz Party opened at seven thirty with the third of three
piano 'professors' - Morten Gunnar Larsen - playing to another packed main hall. As the evening's programme unfurled - Richard Pite's small group Gene Krupa Band session with Matthias Seuffert, reeds, Martin Litton, piano and string bassist Graham Hughes; the trumpets of Tomasso and Heitger working with an all European rhythm section on New Orleans hits the Big Apple; and Spats' Band giving Tom Langham free reign to showcase ragtime banjo, Al Bowlly vocals and more - thoughts turned to the set-piece finale, The Nichols-Duffee Chick Webb Orchestra

New venue for Ashington Jazz Club

Ashington Jazz Club has moved! 
After several years at the Elephant pub, December 3 sees the first concert staged by the long-running jazz club at their new home,  Block and Tackle on Blackthorn Way.
Not only a change of venue but also a change of day and, following the pattern set by the other jazz hostelries specialising in older style jazz, they've moved from Wednesday evening to Monday lunchtime.
The opening gig features Classic Swing.
Details of the new set-up can be found on the Ashington Jazz Club website.
We wish John Taylor and his team every success.
Lance.

Farewell Blues

The December issue of DownBeat as well as listing the 2018 Reader's Poll Winners (they don't have a Jazz Media category!) also draws attention to a few deaths we inadvertently overlooked.
These include baritone sax giant and 8 times DB Critics Poll winner Hamiet Bluiett; bassist Max Bennett, a frequent member of Ella's accompanying trio at Newcastle City Hall, and drummer John Von Ohlen who appeared at the same venue with Woody Herman as well as playing with and helping to form the great and vastly underrated Blue Wisp Big Band out in Cincinnati (must dig out the tapes).
Click on the links for individual obituaries.
All sadly missed.
Lance.

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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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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