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Bebop Spoken There

Rex Stewart: "Screwy chords and modern harmonies may be exciting to play, but they will never be bread-and-butter-music." - (Melody Maker April 24, 1948. From Colin Aitchison's amazing collection).
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Vasilis Xenopoulos: “I like playing jazz that has form, and structure. That’s what I’ve been doing for years and I like it.” – (Jazzwise July 2015).

Today Friday July 3

Afternoon.
RENDEZVOUS JAZZ - Monkseaton Arms, Front St, Monkseaton. 1pm. Free.
Classic jazz.
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Evening.
PAUL EDIS TRIO - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm. £5 (£3 before 8.30pm).
Paul's back from NYC with a whole lot of inspiration!.
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HANNAH TAYLOR/PHIL RICHARDSON - Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. 6pm - 9pm. 0191 2331010. Free.
Another dynamic duo!
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KING BEE - Hoochie Coochie, 54 Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE16SF. Doors 7pm. £5.
Doesn't get any better than this - anywhere!
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LONG LONESOME GO/ZEEROX/THIS THEN - Empty Shop, Framwellgate Bridge, Durham, DH1 4SY. £3. 7.30pm.
All this for £3! The shop won't be empty for long.
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BROKEN LEVEE - Central Bar, Half Moon Lane, Gateshead. 8pm. £3
If the levee's broken these guys will fixit!
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BLUES NIGHT (band to be announced) - Dun Cow, 9 High St. West. Sunderland, SR1 3HA. 8pm. £4.
Blues by the best. Tonight's the night!

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

CD Review: Asuka Kakitani - BLOOM.


(Review by Dave Brownlow.)
Japanese - born Asuka Kakitani leads an 18 piece contemporary jazz orchestra playing in a style reminiscent of the work of Maria Schneider, Bob Brookmeyer or Vince Mendoza all of whom are descendants of the great master of modern jazz orchestration – Gil Evans.
A former student at Berklee, Kakitani has worked for several years around New York City, paying her dues, and gradually attracting formidable jazz artists to play and solo on her distinctive charts. Commissioned to write by Manny Albam and  the Composer Assistance Program, in 2006, she won the BMI Foundation Charlie Parker Award for her song Dance One
.The 8 original compositions - some over 10 minutes long –  are inspired by the natural world, literature or paintings by modernists such as Matisse  Kakitani’s ensemble has an adventurous harmonic style using thick chords and multi-layered melodies which are constantly evolving and resolving and from which the improvised solos emerge, Many of her technical orchestral devices such as motifs are extended and developed. Light and shade, contrasts between calm and excitement, changes of time signature, complexity and simplicity, solos and ensemble playing and composition and improvisation.
Soloists include saxophonist John O’Gallagher, trombonist Jacob Garchik, guitarist Pete McCann, drummer Mark Ferber, and vocalist Sara Serpa.
A thoroughly absorbing album of contemporary arrangements beautifully played
It is worthy of careful and repeated listening especially by enthusiasts of modern jazz orchestration. 
Dave Brownlow
BLOOM  is due out on January 26th  on Nineteen-Eight Records.

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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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