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Ernie Wilkins: “If you don't look at the liner notes, you don't know who in the hell it is. Everybody sounds alike, that same million-note approach. Faceless.” – (Crescendo November 1975).

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Ben Williams: “A lot of jazz today has developed this allergy to simplicity. ‘If it’s simple, that means it’s not hip’ is a theme. But sometimes the simplest thing you can do is the hippest thing you can do.” – (Down Beat August 2015).

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Archives.

Today Wednesday March 22

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Paul Skerritt Band - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
John Harle and Steve Lodder - Royal Grammar School, Eskdale Tce., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 4DX. 7pm. £20 & £10. 60th birthday tour for RGS alumnus Harl.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £4.
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Wednesday, April 09, 2014

CD Review: Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra - The L.A. Treasures Project.

Bijon Watson, Gilbert Castellanos, James Ford, Brian Swarz, Jamie Hovorka (tpts); Ira Nepus, George Bohanon, Ryan Porter, Maurice Spears (tmbs); Jeff Clayton, Keith Fiddmont, Rickey Woodard, Charles Owens. Lee Callet (reeds); Graham Dechter (gtr); Jeff Hamilton (dms); John Clayton (arco bass); Tamir Hendelman (pno); Christophe Luly (bs). + Barbara Morrison, Ernie Andrews (vcls).
(Review by Lance),
The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra is without doubt one of the best and most swinging big bands around. Add a couple of vocalists, long established in their own right, and you have the ingredients for a very fine cake indeed.
With John Clayton out front conducting (and bowing double bass), Jeff Hamilton spurring then on from behind the kit and Jeff Clayton the man within, this recording couldn't fail - not with Barbara and Ernie alternating at the mic!
Morrison is featured on Exactly Like You; her own Got to Get Back to L.A.; Percy Mayfield's River's Invitation and Fever. Andrews gets his vocal chops around another Mayfield song, The Jug and I; then I'm Getting Sentimental Over You; Beautiful Friendship and Time After Time. Despite their advancing years, Andrews is 86 Barbara 61, both singers are in good voice and it's good to have them back on disc.
Apart from the vocals, the band also justify their position at the forefront of big band jazz. The trombones are heard to advantage on I Love Being Here With You. Luly pizzicato and John Clayton arco duet in tribute to Charlie Mingus on Goodbye Porkpie Hat which was, of course, originally a tribute to Lester Young. Mingus probably has a beyond the grave chuckle when he realises that it took TWO bass players to pay tribute to himself! I think he'd have liked the end product though.
Jazz Party has tenormen Woodward and Owens battling it out with co-leader Hamilton spurring them on.
Recommended for big band fans and admirers of quality vocals.
The CD Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra - The L.A. Treasures Project is available from April 15 on the Capri Label.
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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