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Bebop Spoken There

Mundell Lowe: “...we also had to play for a floor show, which consisted of girls dancing--some of 'em were dressed, some of 'em were not so dressed.” – (Crescendo September 1974).

George Melly: “I think all clubs are like old tarts, sad under full lighting.” – (Slowing Down, Penguin Books 2005).

Today Tuesday December 1

Mosaic Jazz (Playing a celebration of American music) - Bell and Bucket, 37 Norfolk St, North Shields, Tyne and Wear NE30 1NQ. 1pm. Free.
Charles Gordon/Ken Hewitt Trio - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 7.30-10pm. Free.
Gavin Lee’s Dixieland Band - New Inn, 29 Church St., Durham. DH1 3DN. 9pm. Free.
Jam Session - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. Free.
Customs House Big Band w. Ruth Lambert - All Saints Church, Cleadon, nr. Sunderland. 7pm.
Ralph Keeley (solo piano) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 0191 2399924. 7.00pm.
Ian Bosworth and Friends - Dormans, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough, TS5 5DT. 01642 823813. 9pm.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

CD Review: Mac Gollehon - La Fama

Mac Gollehon (tpt) plus "Legends of the New York Latin Scene".
Recorded in the 1980's when Latin Jazz was making its emergence (or should that be re-emergence thinking back to Dizzy, Machito, Puente etc?) the "Legends" include Doc Cheatham, Eddie Montalvo, Hilton Ruiz, Potato Valdez, Lester Bowie and Charlie Palmieri. The arrangements are by Gollehon and are perfectly tailored to this outfit.

Gollehon is the most extensively featured - his solo flights being comparable with Miles (muted) and Arturo Sandoval (open). Listen to Voices - this cat is Maynard, El Gato, Dizzy and Sandoval rolled into one! You don't need a piccolo player when Mac is back in town.
Conjunto Moods has Gollehon trading solos with Doc Cheatham and Ray Maldonado on what was a memorable and exciting track.
One or more of the 'bones are at the races too - probably Rodriguez - great shouting trombone in the old tradition.
The final Night in Tunisia is a tribute to Dizzy - I think he would have liked it - I certainly did!
The percussionists keep the pot boiling - who says that Latin Jazz doesn't swing? this one swings its sombrero off!
Mac Gollehon - La Fama was released on American Showcase November 2012.

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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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