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Gene Ramey: "McShann stomped off at a fast tempo. This wasn't one of those slow-trains-through-Arkansas tempos, this was like that train between Chicago and Milwaukee. I mean fast." - (Stanley Crouch: Kansas City Lightning - The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker. Pub. Harper Collins 2013).

Dana Hall: "My philosophy is that everyone in the band is a drummer." - (DownBeat November 2018.)

Today Tuesday October 23

Afternoon

Classic Swing - The Ship, Front St., Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.

Evening

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Monday, September 30, 2013

CD Review: Brian Molley Quartet - Clock

Brian Molley (ten/sop/bs clt/pno); Tom Gibbs (pno); Mario Caribe (bs/gtr/perc); Stuart Brown (dms).
(Review by Lance)
I wasn't familiar with Molley's work until I discovered he'd played with SNJO and the Stu Brown Sextet who gave a memorable re-creation of the Raymond Scott Sextet a couple of years back at Sage Gateshead.
Yet another fine "Jock". Has anyone ever done a ratio count by area of jazz musicians to population in the UK? My feeling is that Scotland may well be leading the field. 
Certainly, if this disc is anything to go by, they are in pole (poll?) position. Caribe, actually born in Brazil, has been a mainstay of the Scottish scene for many years and is deservedly among the first call bassists north of the border.
Eight originals by Molley and a couple of standards put this in the running for next years CD of the Year Awards (FM Awards closed on August 31)
Molley blows the kind of tenor we remember yet the phrases are of today. He's equally at home on soprano and bass clarinet plus there's  a bit of piano in there too. I hope this CD brings him to the attention of the powers that be below the border - the wall's no longer there except perhaps in some cultural minds. I note future gigs include the Isle of Skye and Aberdeen - I'd like to see a lot more gigs for him 'twixt there and Land's End.
Not that  Molley's the only guy tossing the caber, on piano, Tom Gibbs also.displays the inherent jazz talent that is in, and emerging from, Scotland. Brown and Caribe we know well. Let's face it, if Scotland ever goes it alone, these guys should be in the cabinet alongside Tommy Smith as Prime Minister and Paul Towndrow blowing Foreign Secretary - to misquote a passage from, I think, Colin McInnes' Absolute Beginners. On this showing, Molloy could even be deputy Prime Minister, or should that be 'Prez?'
Absolute Beginners was a good book - this is one helluva better CD!
The CD - Brian Molley Quartet - Clock is to be launched on October 29 at Ramshorn Theater, Ingram St., Glasgow. More details from www.brianmolley.co.uk. CD released October 14.
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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