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Bebop Spoken There

Howard Riley: “When I started out playing jazz back in the late 50s, early 60s, if you wanted a gig you had to learn some standards.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Eric Harland: “I love swing and I’m always going to swing but I also know that you can take a hip-hop groove and improvise with that just like you would with a swing pattern.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Today Saturday April 29

Afternoon

Rick Laughlin Trio, Abbie Finn Quartet ao - Quakerhouse, Mechanics’ Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 01325 245052. 1:00-5:00pm. Free (donations).

Evening

Dave O’Higgins with Durham Alumni Big Band - Majestic Theatre, Bondgate, Darlington DL3 7JT. Support set by Durham County Youth Big Band (7:15pm). £12.00. (+ concs).

Late night jam session - Quakerhouse, Mechanics’ Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 01325 245052.10:30pm. Free.

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Ruby Turner - Alnwick Playhouse. 7:30pm. £21.00. & £20.00.

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Fever & Friends - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE333 3NG. 7:30pm. £12.00. 0191 454234.

Bradley Johnston (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.

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

Saturday, February 08, 2014

CD Review: Jason Anick - Tipping Point.

Jason Anick (vln/man); Greg Loughman/Adam Cote (bs); Mike Connors (dms); Jason Yeader/Matt de Champlain (pno); Clay Lyons (alt); Kris Jensen (ten); Lee Dynes (gtr).
Isn't it just like the thing? You wait for ages and three come along at once!
No, for once I'm not talking about the number 27 bus but jazz violinists. I've extolled the violin virtues of Emma Fisk and rated Tim Kliphuis' tribute CD to Stephane Grappelli, then, lo and behold, this one lands in the passage!
Emma and Tim are firmly rooted in the swing era and nobody does it better. Anick, by contrast, is a more contemporary player. Although he throws in Minor Swing, his roots lie in post bop and beyond. His approach is probably nearer Luc-Ponty's and, whilst the Hot Club classic track is ok, I'm sure the other two have a better feel for it. Having said that, ignoring previous versions and judging this on its own merits, it is still an enjoyable track with solos from de Champlain and Cote complementing the leader.
Anick scores via his material which, apart from Minor Swing and that most sumptuous ballad - My One and Only Love (ask one of our correspondents about that tune!) which is exquisite - the album includes tracks by Mobley, Silver and Ornette which, although  saxophone related, are canon fodder for Anick's facile technique..He soars, he floats, he flies; the tipping point is past! And, as if that wasn't enough, he's a pretty nifty mandolin player too!
Jason Anick - Tipping Point. by Magic Fiddle Music is due for release on February 18.
More info.
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.
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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