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Bebop Spoken There

Sonny Rollins: "I work very hard. I wear out suits playing." - (Downbeat May 29, 1969.)

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Bob Brookmeyer: "The group's philosophy? We're saving to buy new uniforms - the ties wore out." - (Crescendo March 1965).

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Today Monday March 27

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

Thursday, April 03, 2014

CD Review: The Cafifornia Feetwarmers

Charles De Castro (tpt/acc); Justin Rubenstein (tmb); Joshua Kaufman (clt/pno); Jeffrey Moran (gtr/vcl); Brandon Armstrong (sousa/bass); Patrick Morrison (plec bjo); Juan Carlos Reynoso (wbd); Dominique "Chief" Rodriguez (bs dm.) + Phil Alvin (vcls/gtr - 3 tracks); Leah Harmon, Becky Blanca harmony vcls - 1 track); Andy Bean (ten bjo - 8 tracks).
(Review by Lance)
Stylistically, these feetwarmers from The Golden State go back to practically the beginning of time! Not that I'm complaining. History should never be forgotten in any art form - without the past there is no future.
Good-time Jazz is back - for many it never went away.
Fresh interpretations of tunes from the roaring twenties. De Castro has listened to Bix and Red Nichols, vocalist Moran recalls early Jolson, there's also a bluegrass feel to Morrisons banjo features - The Banshee and A Banjo Vamp. Whilst, sacrilegious as it may seem, some of the tracks with harmony backing vocals sound like an American version of Chas and Dave. Not surprisingly, given the name, The California Ramblers also spring to mind.
The opening Jazz Me Blues, surely the most easy, relaxed, swinger of all the old warhorses, and San, that followed, have a Bix/Trumbaeur feel about them that just make you want to fill up your flask with bathtub gin, jump in your Flivver, pick up a Flapper and Charleston the night away!
It's all good fun.
The band are hopefully heading to Europe in 2015 and maybe will touchdown at a Lindy Hop lounge near you. In the meantime, if this is your kind of music check it out here.
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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