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Bebop Spoken There

Ben Pollack: "The kind of people who go for the old style New Orleans jazz are the same kind of people who go in for collecting antiques." - (Down Beat May 5, 1950).

Flip Phillips: "I heard this band out in California. I think - Lu Waters, isn't it? They sure can march down the street but I wouldn't want to march with them!" - (Down Beat June 15, 1951).

Today Monday June 26

Afternoon.
Jazz in the Afternoon - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

CD Review: Let Spin - Let Spin.

Moss Freed (gtr); Ruth Goller (bs);  Chris Williams (sax); Finlay Panter (dms).
Let Spin were formed in 2012 as a collaboration between four of the UK's top genre-crossing instrumentalists: Freed (Moss Project); Goller (Acoustic Ladyland); Williams (Led Bib) and Finlay Panter (Bits and Pieces Big Band). Discovering their own shared space the band quickly found their own unique language and two months later recorded this, their début album.
To be honest, reading the blurb my first reaction was that I'm going to hate this!
Then I played it!
Admittedly it is far removed from my normal comfort zone which is not necessarily a bad thing. If you've never tasted something how do you know you don't like it?
There's a lot of free improv but this is balanced by original, well structured, themes. Put the two together and the result is a mix of exciting, often frantic, solos and ensembles as well as contrasting dark melancholic pieces.
Each of the four contributed two tracks Freed's enigmatic Eastern tinged How to Woo a Dolphin my personal favourite and not just for the title!
An album that could sway some of the more conservative jazzers into uncharted waters and encourage them to return many times.
The good news is that Let Spin are at the Bridge, Newcastle, for a Splinter gig on Sunday February 23.
The CD was released yesterday on Efpi Records. Digital Download/samples here.
For more details and tour dates visit http://efpirecords.com/about-efpi/
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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