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Bebop Spoken There

Les Paul: "Okay so you make great sounds. The people you're playing for, they work all day, they don't go to music schools and study harmony. They pay their dough, they come in, they listen. If they don't understand what you're doing, they walk out. What are you supposed to do, tie 'em with a rope whilst you explain you're playing great music?" - (Down Beat June 15, 1951).

Jack Perciful: "Unless you're playing somewhere like Carnegie Hall, in the States, the piano is the last thing they buy. When they've got ten dollars left over they go buy a piano." - (Crescendo October 1971.)

Number 22!

Bebop Spoken Here is currently listed at number 22 in the WORLD JAZZ BLOG Rankings!

Today Sunday May 28

Afternoon.
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
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Mark Williams (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Northumberland Park, Tynemouth Rd., Tynemouth NE30 2HA. 3pm. Free.
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Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
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Evening
Cancelled! Young Musicians Jam Session - Quakerhouse, Mechanics' Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 6pm. Cancelled!
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Billy Bootleggers All Star House Band w. Teresa Watson - Billy Bootleggers - 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

CD Review: The Summarily Dismissed: To Each!


Ari Shagal (vocals, keyboards); Ferima Faye (Vocals); Matthew Lomeo (vocals); Joe Davi (guitar); Pat O’Leary (bass); Eric Halvorson (drums); also Kenny Washington (jazz vocals); Nydia Mata (congas, bongos); also others on trumpet, trombone, saxophones, vibraphone.
(Review by Ann Alex).
This is a fine début album from Ari Shagal’s band The Summarily Dismissed.  Most of the songs were written by Ms Shagal, who hails from New York.  I’d classify this as ‘intelligent pop’, such as you hear in the likes of Nero coffee shops, stuff you like but can’t put a name to.  
The lyrics concern relationships; the bias against people who live on Jersey Shore; the stock market; and amusingly, wanting to be taller: 
As I sublimely shuffle up and down the avenues 
A bid for bold urbanity in D’orsay shoes
I call myself a femme fatale, but other folks refuse
and say I'm just ‘cute’
’cause I'm not tall and resolute.  
Each of the three vocalists has a distinctive voice and style, and every word is beautifully clear.  
Ms Shagal's the jazziest voice, Ms Faye - a natural strong soprano and Matthew Lomeo sounds very like Stevie Wonder.
Jazz elements appear with the solos, but not on all of the 11 tracks, so jazz influence is limited, although the tunes certainly swing. Oozing Awkward has a jazzy sax solo and a  rock style guitar solo. Shade Walking is virtually a blues, written in a more modern poetical structure, Bull Market has busy, buzzy instrumentation to represent the stock exchange on Wall Street, and Jersey Babes includes a satisfying solo on plunger-muted trombone which sounds like a low-pitched human voice.
Lance is appealing for more CD reviewers, who get to keep the CD’s – I'm so glad I can keep this one!
'nuff said.
The Summarily Dismissed: To Each is released on the Laureniac Song label this month.
Ann Alex 

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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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