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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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Sunday, September 22, 2013

CD Review: Dave Askren/Jeff Benedict - It's All About The Groove

Jeff Benedict (alt); Dave Askren (gtr); John Belzaguy (bs); Ramon Banda (dms).
(Review by Lance)
Cool but not in a sanitised way, rather more of a groove which is what this albums all about. It's All About The Groove is a delicious mix of standards and originals by two great players supported by another two top notchers. Benedict's alto has a bright post Parker fluency that gets the enigmatic Nature Boy - even without words it's an enigmatic tune! - up and running, the enigma solved! Askren, is a lyrical guitarist. The pair combine to make Old Folks work over a Kansas City shuffle beat - now that's a groover's groove if ever there was one!
Monk's Mood is an artwork in balladry. Benedict soulful and sonorous, Askren expanding Monk's harmonic concept, making each chord, each solo flight another pastel to an already rich tapestry. Like Friends, based on Just friends, not surprisingly brings Bird to mind and the alto soars above the guitar like an eagle whilst the rhythm boys lay down a, quote: " funky half time swing groove" if you say so. Speak Low - swingin' up tempo - perfect for these guys who trade '8's with Banda before taking it out with such a relaxed swing it's impossible to credit how they can be so laid back and still play more notes than a racecourse bookie has in his satchel.
McCannism is dedicated to jazz soul master Les McCann. Captures the idiom perfectly. You Stepped Out of a Dream is straightforward swing that has everyone soloing whilst While We're Young is a delightful jazz waltz with the alto reminding us what a great tune this is - but then again, most of Alec Wilder's are!
Finally, the curiously titled, The Weather is Here, Wish you were Beautiful, a boppy up-tempo original by Benedict who lays down some post Charlie Christian lines before Banda boots it on its way.
A disc that should be everyone's playlist.
Dave Askren/Jeff Benedict - It's All About The Groove is available on the DaWay Music label.
Sound Samples.
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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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.)
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