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Grant Green Jr.: "One thing that most people--especially jazz cats--don't realise is that all of your jazz standards were once pop standards" - DownBeat July 2018).

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Bobby Sanabria: "Tito Puente was not a very tall man, but when he played the timbales he was a giant among men." - DownBeat July 2018).

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Today Wednesday June 20

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8:00pm. £1.00.

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Cancelled!

Francis Tulip Quartet - Sage Gateshead, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. 6:30pm. Concourse gig.

Cancelled!

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Emma Fisk & James Birkett + Hot Club du Nord - Sage Gateshead Sage Gateshead, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4666. 8:00pm. £15.30.

Steve Glendinning & Paul Grainger - Dun Cow, Brandling Village, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 4RS. 8pm. Free.

Community Hall New Orleans Band - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm £3.00.

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson Street, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

CD Review: Felipe Salles - Departure

Felipe Salles (ten/sop/fl/bs clt); Randy Brecker (tpt); Nando Michelin (pno); Keala Kaumeheiwa (bs); Bertram Lehmann (dms/perc); Laura Arpiainen (vln).
Brazilian reedman and composer Salles has put together an intriguing collection of originals drawn from his immersion in a mix of the native music of Brazil, contemporary classical music and, of course, jazz in the form of Bebop, Blues and beyond. Add ace trumpet man Randy Brecker and Salles' long term international band (pianist from Uruguay, German drummer, Boston bassist and a violinist from Helsinki) and you have a very cosmopolitan cupcake.
Needless to say, any album with Brecker aboard is worth listening to but, in case you aren't familiar with the leader's work, Salles is one mighty tenor player. The moods vary. Title track Departure gives an audio image of an airport scenario and maybe Seagull's Island is passed over on the journey. Both tracks are post hard bop workouts but Béla's Reflection is a jazzy exploration of composer Béla Bartok's work. 
Maracatu D'Orleans takes the indigenous music of Pernambuco and infuses it with some post bop and a hint of New Orleans drumming. Brecker shines and I could imagine this played by Blakey's Jazz Messengers. Awaiting - a plaintive cry for help with Salles at his most lyrical. This is someone gazing into the unknown -  will she/won't she? B's Blues has Salles exploring - could be Joe Lovano, Salles knows his way around the horn. Michelin's piano break prompts Salles into further extravaganzas. Bass and drums do a Time Out chorus before Salles takes it out. I haven't studied enough Schoenberg to appreciate the niceties of Schoenberg's Error. C'est La vie! It's a rather beautiful piece anyway and it doesn't sound like an error to me! It contains, perhaps, Salles finest solo of the album. Michelin's solo let's us know that Uruguay can also nurture jazz musicians. Adagio Trieste is quite lovely with it's pastoral meandering - each player taking a slow walk down their own favourite byways - a lover's lane, a school walk or just a place to wander and reminisce. It didn't lead to the next street which was, 52nd Street, This track - Natural Selection - was born in Birdland, on 52nd or maybe at Mintons. For me this is the track of the album but, bebop biassed as I am., it would be! Brecker and Salles lay it down.
Recommended.
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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