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Today Thursday March 21

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Blues

Mo Scott Blues Band - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £6.00. (£3.00. student).

Jazz

Andy Lawrenson Trio - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm. Free.

Tees Hot Club w. Dave Stansfield (tenor sax); Donna Hewitt (alto sax); Ted Pierce (piano) - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free.

Maine Street Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Hollywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:30pm. Free.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm. £2.50.

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

Saturday, January 26, 2013

CD Review: Wayne Shorter - Without a Net.

Wayne Shorter (sop/ten); Danilo Perez (pno); John Patitucci (bs); Brian Blade (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Wayne Shorter makes a mind-blowing return to Blue Note Records 43 years since his trail-blazing albums Speak no Evil and Schizophrenia, to mention but a couple. Now 80 year old, his playing shows no signs of deterioration on this predominantly live recording and he displays a commanding presence soaring above the rhythm section with the the swagger and panache of a latter-day Coltrane and considerably more lyricism.
The live recordings are from concerts on his 2011 European Tour. The exception is the 23 minute long Pegasus recorded in LA by the quartet with The Inami Winds. This is a totally absorbing track, contemporary, yet still within the recognised boundaries of sanity. In places it's almost a classical piece - imagine Mozart on Speed or Bartok not on Speed.
A strange choice is Flying Down to Rio - that's right, the old Fred Astaire number! Well Fred wouldn't be dancing to this version although he might, as I did, enjoy listening to it.
Shorter plays mostly soprano throughout and, whilst I'd like to have heard more tenor, I think this is undoubtedly a pinnacle of soprano saxophone playing. 
Perez is very much an integral part both solo-wise and in the important role of feeding Shorter the ingredients for the master-chef to start cooking. Equally, bass and drums do their bit. No mere time-keepers but adding their own individual lines to the mix.
Welcome home Wayne.
Lance.
Wayne Shorter - Without a Net is due for release on Blue Note on February 4, 2013.

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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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