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Bebop Spoken There

Cat Anderson: "It [the Lionel Hampton Band] was a wonderful experience, and there was lots of excitement, but the work was too hard and underpaid" - (Down Beat January 25 1968).

Arturo O’Farrill: “I like to put a younger musician next to a veteran and hope each will influence the other’s thinking.” – (Down Beat September 2014).

Bebop Spoken There Archives.

Today Sunday September 21

Afternoon
MUSICIANS UNLIMITED BIG BAND - Park Inn, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Free. 1pm-3pm.
Always a good way to spend Sunday afternoon listening to a band in "The Park".
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MARK WILLIAMS (Solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 0191 2399924. 1pm.
Quality food and great solo jazz.
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STRICTLY SMOKIN' BIG BAND - Hoochie Coochie, 54 Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 6SF. 5pm. Free.
Great band in great venue!
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TEES HOT CLUB - Dorman's Club, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 11am-5pm.
It's the Classic Car and Motor Bike Show with several bands. The Hot Club boys are on at 3pm.
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Evening
DORS - Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. £8/£6.. 8pm.
A JNE/Splinter gig by contemporary European band (including Chris Sharkey) complete with audiovisual presentation.
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ROLY VEITCH/JEREMY McMURRAY QUARTET featuring NOEL DENNIS (tpt) & MARK TOOMEY - Black Bull, Bridge St., Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8pm £5.
Monthly - Tonight's the night and it's the club's 30th anniversary!
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TESSA SMITH - Riding Mill Parish Hall, Millfield Rd., Riding Mill, Northumberland NE46 6DJ. £10. 7pm.
Rising young vocal star, now living in Leeds returns home for special gig.
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VIEUX CARRE JAZZMEN - Red House Pub and Farm, Hepscott Dr., Whitley Bay NE25 9XJ. - Monthly - back October 5.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

CD Review: Joe Lovano UsFive - Cross Culture.

Joe Lovano (tenor, G mezzo Sop., tarogato, aulochrome + various ethnic instruments); Lionel Louke (gtr); James Weidman (pno); Esperanza Spalding/Peter Slavov (bs); Otis Brown III, Francisco Mela (dms).
(Review by Lance.)
This Blue Note release is a living endorsement of the labels motto The finest in jazz since 1939. This has all the elements of those classic '50s sessions by Mobley, Blakey, Turrentine, Byrd and co. albeit in a more contemporary vein.
Ten originals by Lovano and a sumptuous reading of Strayhorn's Star Crossed Lovers (Romeo and Juliet) - Such Sweet Thunder indeed. 
As well as tenor, Lovano plays G mezzo soprano which I take to be a minor 3rd below the normal Bb sop? Correct me if I'm wrong. It seems to have a mellower sound than the the normal sop., tarogato and aulochrome. This latter instrument is fascinating. It comprises two sopranos joined together with two mouthpieces but a single fingering system which operates both sets of keys - imagine if Roland Kirk had got hold of one of these!
However, it is on Royal Roost, where Joe Lovano blows contemporary bop tenor, that he delivers the killer blow.
It could be said that Lovano, Redman and Rollins are the last of the tenor titans. For me, Lovano's wonderful dry sound edges it.
Not that this is just about the saxman - how could it be with Lionel Loueke on guitar? The West African slots in nicely as part front-line/part rhythm section and super soloist.
Weidman on piano is excellent and the two drummers play as one. Because the liner notes are indecipherable (dull yellow on black) to any one whose vision is less than 20:20, I'm unable to say which bassist plays on which tracks although I did manage to pick up that Spalding plays on four and with Slavov on one.
That apart, a terrific CD that is currently my front runner.
Joe Lovano UsFive - Cross Culture is released by Blue Note on February 25.
Lance.

1 comment :

  1. Spalding - tracks 1,5,8,10
    Slavov - tracks 2,3,4,8,9,11

    ReplyDelete

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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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