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Bebop Spoken There

Miles Kington: "If the intake of alcohol fails to improve a jazz player's performance, why do jazz listeners think it improves their appreciation?" - (Jazz Express October 1982).

Barbara Jay: "My first gig was at the Astoria, Charing Cross Rd. It seemed like a den of iniquity to me. All the Soho girls were there and the gigolos with their old women paying them to dance..." - (Jazz UK May 2008.)

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Today Monday February 27

Afternoon.
Jazz in the Afternoon - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
Evening.
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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

CD Review: Lena Bloch - Feathery.

Lena Bloch (ten); Dave Miller (gtr); Cameron Brown (bs); Billy Mintz (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Bloch, a Russian  émigré now residing in Brooklyn,. looks to a time in the past when the past was looking to the future and she continues that quest into the unknown pioneered by such as Lennie Tristano, Lee Konitz and Warne Marsh. Indeed the lady has very much the same dry, tonal qualities associated with Marsh which she incorporates into her current explorations. Bloch can swing when the moment demands swing as well as doing some indulgent contemplation of the naval when activating brain cells is given preference over tapping of the feet. As I recall, Tristano and co. operated in much the same way.
The Tristano influence is emphasised by the inclusion of pieces by Warne Marsh (Marshmallow) and Ted Brown (Featherbed) whilst Bloch dedicates an original composition of her own to one of her most inspirational saxophonists Lee Konitz  - Hi Lee which opens and closes the album. Konitz refers to Bloch as "A very serious and talented saxophonist and composer."
Feathery is an appropriate title for a disc where the music floats like a feather carried lightly along by a cooling breeze on a warm summer's day.
Dave Miller, Cameron Brown and Billy Mintz join up the dots to make this a complete albeit ethereal experience. Four musicians floating, like the feather, in the same direction but by very different routes.
Lena Bloch - Feathery is released today (March 18) on Thirteen Notes Records.
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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