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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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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Paul Edis Trio @ Blaydon Jazz Club

Paul Edis (pno), Mick Shoulder (bs), Adam Sinclair (dms).
This was just about the perfect mix - standards peppered with originals. Indeed, with the passage of time, in a perfect world, the originals themselves would become standards in their own right.
Bill Evansish was how Roly described Paul earlier and certainly Bill Evans' influence could be felt - particularly on ballads such as Funny Valentine and Every Time We Say Goodbye. However, Paul is much more than a mere clone - he is very much his own man as he demonstrated throughout the evening.
Singing in the Rain was the 'non-dancing' version and it worked well. Cheek to Cheek had a few piano bars of counterpoint that could have changed the title to Bach to Bach.
On bass, Mick seemed to be more prominent than of yore taking a melody part in Emily and also featured on his own Song For Claire as well as a bowed/hummed solo a la Slam Stewart on Paul's Big Jug Blues.
Adam had some imaginative breaks when exchanging fours - he really does listen to what's going on around him - as well as providing the impetus behind the other two.
Taking the Dog for a Walk was a Paul original with a really catchy lilt to it and some stride-like piano thrown in for good measure and, even though he wasn't playing, Roly was acknowledged with one of his own compositions based on the enigmatic Job Shufflebottom - a person he encountered in his nine to five days.
Another enjoyable evening at a cosy little corner of the jazz world.
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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