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Bebop Spoken There

Dave Gelly: “From 1 January 1920, when prohibition was imposed in the US, people didn’t stop drinking, they just stopped drinking legally.” – (Jazz Journal October 2017).

Regina Carter: “When I was a teenager, I would daydream about going out on a date and dancing to Ella’s music.” (Down Beat October 2017).

Today Tuesday November 21

Afternoon

Classic Swing - The Ship, Front St., Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free. New weekly mainstream session. 2 mins from Monkseaton metro.
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Evening

Jam session - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm Free. Session led by Mark Williams.

Omar Sosa + Seckou Keita - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead NE8 2JR. 0191 443 4666. 8:00pm. £21.80. Sage Two.

Gypsy Jazz Jam - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling Street, Gateshead NE8 2BA. Doors 7:00pm. Free. ‘No audience as such – everyone is a player/musician or a gypsy!’

Charles Gordon - Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. 0191 233 1010. 10:00pm. Free.

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

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

CD Review: Brian Landrus Kaleidoscope - Mirage.

Brian Landrus (baritone sax & various 'low reeds'); Nir Felder (gtr); Lonnie Plaxico (bs); Rudy Royston (dms); Frank Carlberg (pno/keys); Mark Feldman (vln); Ryan Truesdale (cond.); Feldman String Quartet.
(Review by Lance).
Composer Landrus - Master of the Low Reeds - has created an intriguing album that merges his quintet Kaleidoscope with the Feldman String Quartet.
The 'low reeds', apart from baritone sax, comprise bass clarinet, bass flute, contra alto flute and bass saxophone all played by 'The Master' at varying times. That he is adept (or should that be adepth?) on these subterranean horns goes without saying - he's been a Down Beat Rising Star on bari for the past 3 years.
The compositions and arrangements are all by Landrus and the skilful way he merges jazz quintet with string quartet must have been inspired by the time he spent studying with Bob Brookmeyer at New England Conservatory. The late trombonist was an inspiration to many.
My conventional side favours his baritone sax work but my usually well concealed quirky side has a liking for Landrus on bass clarinet and contra alto flute - I worked in a music shop for many years and I don't think I ever saw one of those - maybe I thought it had something to do with the plumbing!
The final track - Kismet - is described as a solo bass saxophone soliloquy and I couldn't sum it up any better.
Not that this is all Landrus. Felder's guitar solos are aces high and  the string quartet is the gravy that makes all the difference to the Sunday Dinner.
Recommended to everyone but Piccolo Pete.
Mirage by Brian Landrus Kaleidoscope is slated for release on Tuesday June 25 on BlueLand Records. Check it out.
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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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