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Bebop Spoken There

Les Paul: "Okay so you make great sounds. The people you're playing for, they work all day, they don't go to music schools and study harmony. They pay their dough, they come in, they listen. If they don't understand what you're doing, they walk out. What are you supposed to do, tie 'em with a rope whilst you explain you're playing great music?" - (Down Beat June 15, 1951).

Jack Perciful: "Unless you're playing somewhere like Carnegie Hall, in the States, the piano is the last thing they buy. When they've got ten dollars left over they go buy a piano." - (Crescendo October 1971.)

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Bebop Spoken Here is currently listed at number 22 in the WORLD JAZZ BLOG Rankings!

Today Sunday May 28

Afternoon.
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
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Mark Williams (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Northumberland Park, Tynemouth Rd., Tynemouth NE30 2HA. 3pm. Free.
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Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
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Evening
Cancelled! Young Musicians Jam Session - Quakerhouse, Mechanics' Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 6pm. Cancelled!
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Billy Bootleggers All Star House Band w. Teresa Watson - Billy Bootleggers - 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. 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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