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Jackie McLean: “I can't understand British audiences. In Britain there doesn't seem to be any curiosity." (Melody Maker, April 1, 1961).

Charles Mingus: "It seems to me that if our records were not issued in Britain, the British cats would have to think for themselves" (Jazz News, July 26th 1961)

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Today Tuesday July 25

Evening
Misha Mullov-Abbado Sextet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane NE25 5DW. 8pm. £10 & £8. JNE gig.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
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Maine Street Jazzmen - Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond Ave., Newcastle NE2 3EX. 8:30pm. £5.
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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

CD Review: Diane Hubka - West Coast Strings

Diane Hubka (vocal/guitar); Anthony Wilson, Mimi Fox, Peter Sprague, Larry Koonse, Barry Zweig, David Eastlee, John Pisano, Ron Eschete, (guitars); Bobby Pierce B3); Jeff D’Angelo, John Leftwich (bass); Kendall Kay, Enzo Tedesco (drums).
(Review by Debra M)
This album from LA based jazz guitarist & singer Diane Hubka  is an assembly of top notch west coast guitarists in a variety of combinations, plus special guest soul/jazz veteran Bobby Pierce on Hammond B-3. The choice of material is eclectic, with some  subtly delivered  ballads including  ‘Never Let Me Go’ and  Mancini & Gimbels’ ‘Slow Hot Wind’.  
The CD kicks offs nicely with an assured vocal and swinging organ trio in West Coast Blues’,  followed by a refreshing  take  on Van Morrison’s oft overplayed ‘Moondance’ ,  a  duet with guitarist Mimi Fox, whose rhythmic chords and melodic  runs  provide ideal support for  Hubka’s up beat vocal. Fox is also outstanding in Billy Strayhorn’s   ‘A Flower  Is A Lovesome Thing’, where  Hubka’s poised delivery of the lyric  is reminiscent of Norma Winstone. 
Several of the tracks combine guitarists, including  new tunes ‘Warming to Spring’ and ‘Amanhacer’, the latter co-written by John Pisano, who can be heard enthusiastically vocalising his solos in this track and in ‘They Say It’s Spring’. The selective use of bass and drums as well as guitarists provides a range of musical textures and, ‘It Ain’t Necessarily So’ is the track that grooves the most, featuring Pierce on Hammond B-3  and Anthony Wilson on guitar, who  combine with the rhythm section to provide a great backdrop for that most witty Gershwin lyric  (please add to the top lyrics list, Lance!).  Topped off with cracking solos, it’s clear these guys had a ball playing  this one. In fact, the  feel good West Coast vibe infuses the album, which is an unexpected pleasure.
Diane Hubka - West Coast Strings is currently available on SS-J Records.
Debra M.

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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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