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Bebop Spoken There

Alan Luff: “The general view is that Ella’s songbook recordings are the supreme exemplars of sophistication, fine diction and creative voice in the wide field of popular music.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

Steve Voce: “Most of us have been crashed into by cretins who walk along the road absorbed in the screens of their mobile phones.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

Today Monday May 22

Afternoon.
Jazz in the Afternoon - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
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Monday, May 31, 2010

Alan Glen Trio @ The Cherry Tree Restaurant

Alan Glen (pno), John Pope (bs), David Carnegie (dms).
If you haven't listened to Alan, David and John playing The Way You Look Tonight whilst savouring Duck Croquettes with Pickled Plums then your life is incomplete.
The Duck was my starter but the boys had kicked off earlier with a nice steady If I Should Lose You followed by that eternal quest to discover the depth of the ocean done in a most rhapsodic fashion.
Green Dolphin Street and an Autumn Leaves that didn't hang about signalled the entrance of the Duck Croquette. After The Way You Look Tonight, All Blues and Woody'n You saw the set out. It had been a good one - Alan at the baby grand is another dimension again.
The time between sets was spent putting my lips around Chicken Nicoise that had been grilled to perfection although the ill-fated bird may have disagreed (my apologies to vegetarians for making light.)
Delicious.
Equally mouthwatering was All of You after which Alan introduced the band to the audience and even threw in a couple of gags before going into You Don't Know What Love Is followed by Four.
Time After Time had a beautiful exploratory first chorus - just solo piano - before David and John picked it up.
Speak Low was as smooth as the Chocolate Créme Brulee, Cherry Financier.
One of Alan's originals - Country Member gently rocked whilst Love Letters owed nothing to Ketty Lester!
Sanity prevailed in What's New? before David was let loose on Something Borrowed Something Blue an original inspired by a Hampton Hawes tune hence the borrowed part of the title.
This was a good gig in front of a decent sized audience most of whom stayed on after the final glass of Cabernet Sauvignon, Pacifico Sur had been downed.
If you like good food and good music it's the only game in town.
The trio play The Chilli this Wednesday and David's Extreme Measures are at The Bridge on Sunday.
Lance.
Next week it's the Paul Edis Trio with Chris Hibbard on trombone.

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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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