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Bebop Spoken There

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. Free.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. £10 & £8. JNE gig.
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Maine Street Jazzmen - Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond Ave., Newcastle NE2 3EX. 8:30pm. £5.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

CD Review: Sara Serpa & Andre Matos - Primavera

Sara Serpa (voice, Fender Rhodes, piano); Andre Matos (guitar, electric bass, cymbal). Also Greg Osby (soprano sax); Leo Genovese (melodica, kosikas, bombo legiiero, piano, toy guitar; Pete Rende (prophet keyboard)
(Review by Ann Alex).
Pin back your ears for something delightful when you listen to this CD. Ethereal, flowing, interweaving harmonies and rhythms that suggest jazz as JS Bach may have written it, with hints of the sound of free jazz on some tracks.  Sara Serpa sings sweet-voiced vocalese on most tracks, and all the music except Vanguard and Se Me Va La Voz is written by either Serpa or Matos.  Lyrics for another 2 tracks (in Spanish or Portuguese, not sure) are by a poet Alberto Caeiro, and the final track ‘Earth’ has music by Serpa, set to a poem by e.e. cummings.
For instance the first track, Primavera, is a wordless celebration of Spring, with ‘La Da’ type vocals cut across by the guitar, then the voice is double-tracked, the sound made me smile, and I guess this would be fun to do. Tempo follows, and this has Serpa singing slow, smooth, harmony with herself, and a church music feel from the keyboards.  Rios has rich Spanish guitar; then comes call and response involving sax and melodica, and deeper-voiced singing and free jazz elements on Choro. Kubana features staccato guitar with the whole band and the free feel returns with Nuvem and percussive keys and percussion. 14 tracks in all, every one worth listening to.
 I’d be glad if anyone out there could tell me what kosikas and bombo legiiero, mentioned among the instruments above, are.  The names sound like percussion. Whatever, the whole CD is a gem, especially for those with adventurous tastes who like something a bit different. The CD was planned originally as a straightforward acoustic duo but as Serpa and Matos became more involved in experimenting with the music, this CD was the result.
Primavera is released on April 25 via Inner Circle Music.
Ann Alex. 

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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.
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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.)
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