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Andrew Hadro: "It seems to me that everybody just puts out an album, they go through the motions, spend the money and they just sort of throw it out there into the sea of CDs and hope something comes back" - (DownBeat June 2018).

Jonnathan Blake (Blindfold Test): “Maybe it's someone from New Orleans who has lived in New York for a minute.” (DownBeat June 2018).

Today Tuesday May 22

Afternoon

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

Evening

Safe Sextet with Debra Milne - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB. Tel: 01434 603681. 8:00pm. Free.

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

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

CD Review: Brooklyn Jazz Collective - Sketches Volume One.

Matt Holman (tpt); Jeremy Udden (alt); Jarrett Chernier (pno); Martin Nevin (bs); Ziv Ravitz (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Sketches is a Brooklyn-based collective built around a unique and profoundly simple idea: truly collaborative composition. Before rehearsal each member shares a sketch from his notebook (e.g. any musical fragment, a collection of fragments, an incomplete tune) and another member uses that as the basis for a new composition. The band then rehearse and develop the piece further, making each  musical choice together in a completely democratic way. Inherent in each piece is the challenge of blending two distinct musical personalities, yet with an ensemble of strong composers and sensitive performers, the results are as engaging as they are unpredictable - so says the album note.
Unpredictable maybe but this is no hodge-podge patchwork quilt but a blended whisky transformed into a single malt. Although the soloists are given free rein there aren't any pet shop arsonists at work. Udden has a delicate Kontiz/Desmond approach captivating in its fragility. Holman displays similar qualities searching, probing and always finding the right phrase. Chernier, dexterous, inventive in solo, solid and supportive in ensemble with Nevin the linchpin and Ravitz the stoker keeping the boiler simmering.
A rare meeting of musical equals combining their compositional skills into a canvas of sound with no visible joins. 
Sketches Volume One is released on November 5 on Baldhill Records 091012.
Further details.
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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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