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Alan Luff: “The general view is that Ella’s songbook recordings are the supreme exemplars of sophistication, fine diction and creative voice in the wide field of popular music.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

Steve Voce: “Most of us have been crashed into by cretins who walk along the road absorbed in the screens of their mobile phones.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

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Bebop Spoken Here is currently listed at number 22 in the WORLD JAZZ BLOG Rankings!

Today Friday May 26

Afternoon
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Paul Wilkinson - St. Nicholas Cathedral, St. Nicholas Square, Newcastle NE1 1PF. 1:05pm. Retiring collection.
Mark Williams/Joel Byrne McCullough - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Ruth Lambert Quartet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm, £7 (£6 in advance.)
Hand to Mouth (Lindsay Hannon/Bradley Johnston) - High Friars Lane (Tyneside Cinema), Free, al fresco, 8pm. food and drink available.
?????????? - Billy Bootleggers - 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8pm. Free.
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Imelda May - Sage Gateshead. 7pm. £38.20/£27.30 VIP Option £104.
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Strictly Smokin' Big Band - Ushaw College, nr. Durham. 7:30pm. £7.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.
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Sunday, March 02, 2014

CD Review: GoGo Penguin - v.20

Chris Illingworth – Piano, Nick Blacka – Bass, Rob Turner – Drums.
(Review by Steve Horowitz.)
When I first heard of GoGo Penguin,  I assumed it was another chocolate covered biscuit designed for those on the run. In fact, they are Manchester based modern piano trio named after a friend’s stuffed aquatic flightless bird from  the southern hemisphere.
 The album begins impressively with a Murmuration (of penguins?) a haunting atmospheric start builds into a cracking finale as one imagines the birds swarming overhead. The next track is not one for vegetarians Garden Dog Barbecue but it is one for those who enjoy exciting driving trio play. Kamaloka has a gentle melody highlighting Illingworth’s hypnotic piano style. Fort has a almost ‘tubular bells’ feel to it with Turner’s synthesised drums being used to great effect. One Percent refers to those who control 99% of the wealth so not surprisingly it displays a degree of controlled aggression. Home has a  lovely rolling melody driven by Blaka ‘s bass. The Letter is certainly one to write home about, a gentle brooding ballad .  To Drown In You (I thought penguins could swim?)  is a lively tour de force with a very catchy theme. Shock and Awe  rather than being an explosive violent number is in fact a short mournful harrowing piece but the album  finishes  on a high with the lively optimistic  Hopopono.
The more I listen to the album the more I seem to enjoy it. This trio really do play as a single unit so rather than getting lots of  individual solos the band plays as a wonderful collaborative ensemble each complementing their  fellow band members exponentially  so that the sum is truly  greater than the parts. I didn’t want to say it, but I am afraid I am going to have to P P Pick up a GoGo Penguin today.
Steve H.
GoGo Penguin can be heard live at Sage Gateshead as part of the Gateshead International Jazz Festival on April 5.
GoGo Penguin - v.20 is available from March 17.

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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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