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Bebop Spoken There

Piers Paul Read: "Bruce Reynolds and Biggs shared an interest in Sex, Jazz and Hemingway." - (The Train Robbers by Piers Paul Read, Coronet Books 1979.)

George Shearing: "Speaking about Johann Sebastian Bach I think he'd be a real jazzer if he were alive today. I mean any man who has two wives, twenty kids, gets kicked out of the church for being too harmonically radical and drinks beer can't be all wrong can he?" - (Crescendo March 1984.)

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Lance

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Today Thursday July 19

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Holywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. 8:30pm. Free.

Alexys de Alfaro: Guitar Dreams with Coco Vega - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling Street, Gateshead NE8 2BA. Doors 7:00pm. A ‘jar on the bar’ gig. Guitar & percussion.

Alter Ego - St James’ & St Basil’s Church, Fenham Hall Drive, Newcastle NE4 9EJ. 7:30pm. £10.00.

Jesse Bannister Quartet - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. £10.00. (£8.00. concs.). JNE.

Northern Monkey Brass Band - Jubilee Park, Spennymoor DL16. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Big BRASS Bash (Durham Brass Festival).

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

Tees Hot Club w. Donna Hewitt (alto); Josh Bentham (tenor); Dave Archbaid (keys) - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9pm. Free.

Jazz Jam - Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 8pm. Free.

Billy's Buskers: Plug in and Play - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 7:00pm. Free.

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

Thursday, September 19, 2013

CD Review: John Funkhouser - Still.

John Funkhouser (pno); Phil Sargent (gtr); Greg Loughmans (bs); Mike Connors (dms); Aubrey Johnson (voice).
(Review by Lance)
Funkhouser is well named! Not that this is a funk album but he displays all the qualities of a funkster i.e. drive, dancy (at times), rocky with a touch of Indian Raga to spice things up. 
Complex rhythms, deep soulful moments, rock and passion and sensitivity. He explores many genres but the jazz element is always there.
At times it's like a syncopated Czerny study whilst at other times it's a beautiful ballad with a tenderness totally in tune with his interpretation of Rodgers and Hart's My Romance. After Loughmans' bass solo, Funkhouser plays a beautiful solo that could have been by Bill Evans, but was very much his own.
Then there's The House of the Rising Sun. The melody's stated by Loughmans' bass then taken up by the pianist. It's a dark, introspective mood accentuated by Loughmans once more moving (just) out of the shadows. Although it's melancholic, it gradually builds up in intensity with a groove perpetuated by Connors. Alan Price might even have approved - maybe not!
I think Monk may have liked the take on Little Rootie Tootie which has nice guitar work by Sargent.
Leda has Aubrey Johnson using her voice wordlessly to create an atmospheric mood. Who was Leda? Was she a Greek goddess? I seem to think she was. In my youthful shipyard days (by the way Sting I'm available for technical advice) I worked on a boat called Leda - a passenger vessel on the North Shields-Bergen run. As the other boats of the line were Venus and Jupiter I guess Leda was part of their celestial clique - you really wanted to know that! What you do need to know is that Ms Johnson has vocal qualities that are worthy of a goddess! I don't know why I delayed reviewing this - the loss was all mine!
John Funkhouser - Still is available on Jazsyzygy Records.
Lance.
PS: I love the booklet statement "Unauthorised duplication is morally dubious at best, and may be hazardous to your Karma."
Well, I don't want anyone messing with my Karma so if you want to hear samples go to www.johnfunkhouser.com.

1 comment :

John Funkhouser said...

Thanks for the great review!

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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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