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Today Tuesday February 19

Afternoon

Jazz

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jam Session - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, 54 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SG. 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. Bradley Johnston, Paul Grainger, Russ Morgan +?

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

Sunday, August 26, 2012

CD Review: The Cloudmakers Trio with Ralph Alessi - *Live at the Pizza Express.

Ralph Alessi (tpt); Jim Hart (vbs); Michael Janisch (bs); Dave Smith (dms).
(Review by Lance)
I've several times proffered the opinion that Jim Hart is the number one vibes player - not just in the UK, but anywhere - and this CD only serves to enhance that belief. His flowing solos, unison lines  and counterpoint passages  with trumpet give an indication as to why he was one of the small number of Brits nominated in this years Down Beat Poll - he got my vote let's hope he got yours.

New Yorker Alessi is one of the key trumpeters on the Big Apple's jazz and improvised music scene - and has been since 1991 - working both as a leader and a sideman. This latter category includes gigging with the likes of Steve Coleman, Uri Caine, Don Byron, Ravi Coltrane, Fred Hersch and many others. As a leader Alessi has at least half a dozen albums under his belt the most recent being Wiry Strong.  Hi ideas are undoubtedly of the 21st century albeit not without a suggestion of the latter day Miles.
Michael Janisch has become such a fixture on the UK scene that it's easy to forget he is actually an American although his solo on Monk's Bye-Ya could easily have been mistaken for a solo by any of the great American bass players. He is formidable in stature here.
Dave Smith, a regular musical cohort of Hart, is first call, and often leader of many divers groups such as Outhouse and Outhouse Ruhabi (with 5 Gambian Sabar drummers!) On this disc he gels perfectly with the other 3.
The compositions, apart from Bye-ya are divided evenly between Hart and Alessi.
The Cloudmakers Trio with Tony Alessi "Live at the Pizza Express (Whirlwind Records) is released on Sept. 10 with an official launch at Pizza on October 27.
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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