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Bebop Spoken There

Kirk Knuffke: “When I moved to New York, it was pretty obvious that I wasn’t getting any work because I was a trumpet player. I was only getting work because I was me.” – (Jazz Times October 2015).

Philip Larkin: "It's marvelous background music if you can find the foreground" - (Daily Telegraph April 17, 1969).

Today Friday November 27

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front St, Monkseaton. 1pm. Free.
Ruth Lambert/Paul Edis - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle.4:30pm. Free.
Manjula - Jazz Café. 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle, NW1 5DW. 9:00pm. £6/£5 (in advance) 0191 2229882.
Keith Morris CD/DVD Launch - Jazz Café. 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle, NW1 5DW. Free. 6pm.
Caro Emerald! - City Hall, Northumberland Rd., Newcastle. 7pm. £47/£34.50/£24.50.

Saturday, March 02, 2013

CD Review: Dave Lalama Big Band - The Hofstra Project

Dave Pietro (alt/sop/fl); Jonathon Holford (alt); Ralph Lalama, John Marshall (ten); Jeff Lange (bar). Leon Petruzzi, Mike Rubenstein, Mike Carubia, Glenn Drewes or Nathan Warner (tpt/flug); John Mosca, Brent Chiorella, Joey Devassy, (tmb) Justin Camito (bs tmb.); Dave Lalama (pno); Pete Coco (bs); Tony Tedesco (dms).
(Review by Lance.)
Track Listing: Full House; Where Are You; No Evidence; Duke Ellington's Sound Of Love; Inner Urge; Pent-Up House; Moody's Mood For Love; St. Thelonious; Tricotism; The Song Isn't You; The Peacocks; Blues For...; Evansville.
Wow! A shouting big band that really roars - dig the opening track, Full House. Lange's baritone, Holford's alto and the tenors of Marshall and Ralph Lalama stretch out solowise on top of some of the swingingest sounds since Woody Herman. By contrast, Where Are You? is laid back, poignant and emotional with Carubia's trumpet telling a heartfelt tale of lost love. A theme expanded by Mosca on trombone, Pietro's soprano and the leaders piano. 
Listen to the saxes on Moody's Mood For Love or Drewes trumpet solo on the same or, better still, go here for an audio preview and a run down on each track by the leader Dave Lalama.
The Hofstra Project refers to Hofstra University based on Long Island, New York the seat of learning that Dave Lalama has been associated with for many years. The band comprises Hofstra alumni, faculty and guest artists, all having "no degree of separation" from the university.
Another contender!

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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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