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Bebop Spoken There

Newcastle Evening Chronicle (1930): "...questioning, incidentally, the right of either [saxophone or bagpipes] to be looked upon as a musical instrument instead of as one of torture." - (Melody Maker June 1930). From Colin Aitchison's amazing collection).

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Joel Harrison: “It’s incredibly hard to play bebop on guitar, harder than on saxophone.” – (Jazz Times August 2015)

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Today Tuesday August 4

Afternoon
Levee Ramblers New Orleans Jazz Band - Tynemouth Metro Station. 1pm. Free.
Evening.
Jam Session - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5SG. 8pm. Free.
Charles Gordon/Ken Hewitt Duo - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 7.30-10pm. Free.
Gavin Lee’s Dixieland Band - New Inn, 29 Church St., Durham. DH1 3DN. 9pm. Free.
Ian Bosworth - Dorman's Club, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
Henry’s Swing Club - Brandling Villa, South Gosforth. 8:30pm. Free.

Saturday, February 02, 2013

CD Review: Daniel Lantz Trio Plays Bond.

Daniel Lantz (pno); Erik Ojala (bs); Daniel Olsson (dms) + Sani Gamedze (vcl); Roger Nordling (ten).
(Review by Lance).
The thought of listening to a CD of James Bond associated tunes filled me with horror.  I recalled that even the Basie Band's crack at 007 wasn't wonderful. Tom Jones, Shirley Bassey are the names I associate with these tunes. The blurb mentioned that Sani Gamedze had been influenced by Bassey so I buried my head in the sand and hoped it would go away!
It didn't and boy am I glad!
South African Gamedze bears as much resemblance to "Burly Chassis" as our cat does!
This lady has a great jazz-influenced voice (something Bassey could never be accused of) and she puts it to good effect on Moonraker, Diamonds Are Forever, Tomorrow Never Dies, A View to Kill, If There Was a Man and Nobody Does it Better. On the latter number, Sani's  up-tempo version indicates that nobody indeed does it better. Having said that, Carly Simon's original version was also pretty damn good but this...!
Roger Nordling, a Swedish tenor saxist and flautist, blows some exciting and  effective solos both on the vocal tracks and on the instrumentals.
Apologies to the Daniel Lantz Trio for concentrating on the guests. The trio is the major factor on the CD - it is, after all, their gig -  providing the structure for the guests to take off and to show that Swedish jazzmen can swing as much as they did back in the days of Gullin, Hallberg, Domnerus etc. 
Lantz is simply the perfect guy to comp or solo in any band. His playing, always sympathetic to his surroundings, contains such beautiful solos and with the trio everything gells.
I was both shaken (pleasantly) and stirred by this disc.
Daniel Lantz Trio Plays Bond was released on Do Music Records on Jan. 25.
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.
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