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Bebop Spoken There

Louie Bellson: "When I have to play alongside Buddy[Rich] I have to pull out all the stops, because he plays for keeps all the time--which I think a player should do." - (Crescendo February 1976).

Robin Eubanks: “It was a wonderful time in my life [playing in a funk band], for sure. Having girls scream at you when you’re 15 or 16 was kinda cool.” – (Jazz Times October 2014).

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

CD Review:Miguel Zenón - Identities Are Interchangeable.

Miguel Zenón Quartet: Zenón (alt); Luis Perdomo (pno); Hans Glawischnig (bs); Henry Cole (dms).
Identities Big Band: As above + Will Vinson, Michael Thomas (alt); Samir Zarif, John Ellis (ten); Cchris Cheek (bar); Mat Jodrel, Michael Rodriguez, Alex Norris, Jonathon Powell (tpt); Ryan Keberle, Alan Ferber, Tim Albright (tmb).
(Review by Lance).
To say this is an unusual record is perhaps an understatement - it's unique! It's also compelling and absolutely brilliant. So if I, as a born and bred Englishman, like it, imagine how I'd feel if I was a Puerto Rican living in New York!
Zenón - four times winner of DB's Critics' Poll in the Rising Star Alto Sax Category (how many wins does it take to graduate from the Rising Star Category?!) - is well worthy of such acclaim. On the strength of this CD we can add composer, and not just as a rising star!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Super Band Show at Bonbar Featuring Jason Isaacs.

Top crooner Jason Isaacs fronts 7/8 piece band at Bonbar (Assembly Rooms, Fenkle St., Newcastle, NE1 5XU) on November 16. A rare opportunity to wine and dine and see and hear this ace performer in a cabaret style setting. Full details in top right hand column.
Lance.

Jazz North East & Splinter @ the Bridge present: Engine Room Favourites

Martin Archer & Mick Beck (reeds); Graham Clark (violin); Corey Mwamba (vibes); Laura Cole (keyboards); Seth Bennett (bass); Steve Dinsdale (retired hurt), Peter Fairclough, Johnny Hunter, Walt Shaw (percussion). Star Rating *****
 (Review by Steve H./Photo courtesy of Ken Drew.)
When I first heard about this Decatet playing at the Splinter gig I was concerned that the band members might outnumber the audience. I needn’t have worried one of the percussionists (Steve Dinsdale) had to drop out (eaten on the way up according Martin Archer) so now reduced to a nontet the numbers were once again in favour of the audience. As it happens a more than reasonable sized crowd were treated to a memorable gig. Those risk adverse jazz fans who stayed away missed out on one of the most enjoyable and creative gigs of the year.  

Monday, October 20, 2014

CD Review: Max Luthert - Orbital.

Max Luthert (bs); Gareth Lochrane (fl); Duncan Eagles (ten); Seb Pipe (alt0; Matt Robinson (pno); Dave Hamblett (dms).
(Review by Lance).
I suppose one could call this a concept album. Nine original tunes (will jazz ever seduce a wider audience on original tunes alone?) Luthert's particular conception here is to put together music with certain sounds and structures that had been interesting him for a number of years. A number of the tunes are named after phrases or places in books he had been reading. He doesn't mention the actual books so perhaps the listener could try to guess - or better still, ignore all this ****, and enjoy some fine playing by six superb musicians.

Keith Stephen's Hot Club Trio w. Caroline Irwin @ Blaydon Jazz Club (Black Bull). October 19

Keith Stephen (gtr); Roly Veitch (gtr/vcl); Bruce Rollo (bs/vcl); Caroline Irwin (vcl).
(Review by Lance).
Caroline wasn't firing a ukulele from the hip or a cornet from the lip (at least not during the first set) but this modern day flapper did flash her eyes, and us males paralyse, with her vocals during this fine session at the Black Bull.
It had been a while since I visited the cosy home of Blaydon Jazz Club involving for me as it does trains and boats and planes or, to be more precise, buses, metros and pedestrian flyovers. The trip was worth it.
The room has an ambiance that lends itself to whatever the evening holds in store allowing for interaction been performer and listener.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

CD Review: Allison Au Quartet - The Sky Was Pale Blue Then Grey.

Allison Au (alt); Todd Pentney (pno/Rhodes/B3); Jon Maharaj (bs); Fabio Ragnelli (dms); Felicity Williams (voice tk 1).
(Review by Lance).
A Toronto based alto saxist/composer, Au plays in a quite delightful manner. Contemporary and fresh with an airy lilt to her playing the sound hints at such grandmasters of the instrument as Lee Konitz, Art Pepper or Paul Desmond. Yet Au is very much her own person. The individuality shines forth in her choice of notes, in particular the unusual intervals in her phrasing both as a player and a composer.

Clouts’ poetic jazz heads north by degree

You don’t need a degree in Social Anthropology from Cambridge University to play jazz but it certainly helped pianist and composer Philip Clouts.
South Africa-born Clouts, who brings his new quartet to the Jazz Café in Newcastle on Friday October 31 on their way to a Scottish tour, was just finishing his studies at Cambridge when he had an epiphany. Realising that he wanted to contribute to his own culture instead of studying other ones, he decided to concentrate on music and specifically the South African jazz style that had followed him to London, where he grew up.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Paul Edis Sextet @ Gala Theatre, Durham, Mr Hipster tour, October 13

Paul Edis (piano), Graham Hardy (trumpet & flugelhorn), Graeme Wilson (tenor & baritone saxophones), Kieran Parnaby (trombone), Mick Shoulder (double bass) & Adam Sinclair (drums).
(Review by JC).
As BSH has already reviewed the Sextet's Mr Hipster CD and the album launch at Sage Gateshead, there is not an awful lot left to say except that everything Lance and Russell have said is true. What a great band, playing great compositions!
Durham is Paul Edis's home town so when the album review says that the opening number The Timothys has a township groove, this township is Durham. The band leader was in chatty form and opened his remarks by explaining that this concert was part of the Mr Hipster tour and naturally enough asked how many hipsters were in the hall. Of course, the jazz fans of Durham are far too hip to respond to that kind of question and I would have thought that less than half the audience put up their hands.

CD Review: Count Basie - Original Album Series

The Atomic Mr Basie (1957)*
One More Time (1958)
Count Basie Swings, Tony Bennett Sings (1959)
Chairman of the Board (1959)
Basie at Birdland (1961).
(Review by Lance).
OMG! Must check the calendar - it's either Xmas Day or it's my birthday! Unless my parents were lying, it's not but it sure feels like it!
Four albums by the most swinging band ever, plus one with a guy who could sing a bit, make this my album (box set) of the year. Sure the Ellington Band had more depth of colour, tonal textures etc. but even Gonsalves swinging his butt off at Newport 56 never got within an inch of this band for sheer excitement.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Beats & Pieces saxophonist Sam Healey wins International Jazz Soloist Award

(Press Release).
Efpi are proud to announce that Beats & Pieces Big Band saxophonist Sam Healey has won first prize in the Johnny Raducanu International Jazz Festival in Braila, Romania. Fourteen musicians from a wide variety of countries performed over two days, with Sam receiving the top prize of €5000 from the judging panel. The festival was established in memory of pianist Johnny Raducanu, who was born in Bralia and went on to become Romania's most famous jazz musician, performing with the likes of Art Farmer and Slide Hampton during his career.

Pilgrim St. Set @ Hoochie Coochie. October 16

Richard Burns (tpt); Gary Turner (ten); Paul Edis (pno); Paul Susans (bs gtr); Rob Walker (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Regular sessions whether they be weekly or, in this case, monthly are inevitably variable. Sometimes they [any band] blow your socks off whilst at other times they can appear blasé.
Nothing blasé about tonight - socks had to be retrieved before leaving.
In a word - awesome!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

CD Review: Ezra Weiss Sextet - Before You Know It.

Ezra Weiss (pno); Farnell Newton (tpt); John Nastos (alt); Devin Phillips (ten); Jon Shaw (bs); Christopher Brown (dms).
(Review by Lance.).
Recorded live in the Ivories Jazz Lounge, Portland, Oregon, late last year leader, pianist, arranger and composer Weiss has laid down his marker. Not many will surpass it. Comparisions could be made with the various Art Blakey bands and the hard hitting ensembles and solos bear this out. However, there's more subtle nuances here such as the mood swings and tempo changes that were less commonplace in Blakey's day.

Jam Session @ Ned's

Colin, Our Man in Hong Kong, sent me this clip of some musicians from the cruise ship Sapphire Princess jamming on Billie's Bounce at Ned Kelly's.
Wild!
Thanks Colin.
Lance.

Improvisation Workshop: Jazz Cafe: October 14

Andy Champion (bass guitar); Wesley Stephenson (drums); Zoe Gilby (voice) and others as mentioned below.
(Review by Ann).
Yet another review written without the benefit of note-taking, but how can you take notes during an improvisation session, I ask you?  Just not the done thing. I thoroughly enjoyed this event, but I think it requires a different mindset, relaxed and open, to get the most from this sort of thing.  It started me thinking about what music is all about, and I believe there are elements of drama involved too, and the experience is visual as well.

James Harrison Trio with Caroline Bagley @ Cherry Tree. October 15

Caroline Bagley (vcl/alt); James Harrison (pno); James Robson (bs gtr); Tom Chapman (dms).
(Review by Lance).
It was maybe 5/6 weeks back that Caroline Bagley made her Cherry Tree début with the James [Harrison] Gang. She impressed then but tonight was even better - particularly after the mic had been given an extra crank.
This was the 50th anniversary of Cole Porter's death and, although his music didn't feature in the set list, I'm sure he'd have appreciated the music and the food that was served up.
The trio played their CT signature tune - Food, Glorious Food and whilst I was enjoying the Home made black pudding, egg and brown sauce, Caroline was demanding the Frim Fram Sauce - I hope she got it!
My main course was Chargrilled bistro rump steak, café de Paris butter with traditional steak garnish and French fries.

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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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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.)
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