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Bebop Spoken There

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).

Today Monday May 22

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

CD Review Led Bib The People in Your Neighbourhood

Mark Holub (drums), Pete Grogan (alto saxophone), Chris Williams (alto saxophone), Liran Donin (bass) & Toby McLaren (keyboards & piano)
(Review by Russell)
A crowd funding campaign helped fund the making of Led Bib’s new release. The Mercury Prize nominated quintet have rewarded those who donated to the project with a recording embracing the familiar groove and newer chilled-out elements. Altoist Chris Williams’ own tune New Teles opens the album and it is the composer who sets the pace. 
Tight riffs are heard across the ten tracks - Giant Bean a brisk hike through a turbulent landscape, Pete Grogan’s energetic This Roofus to the restrained Recycling Saga to the fun-filled Plastic Lighthouse - with the harmonising horns of Grogan and Williams markers along the way. Mark Holub (Led Bib was his idea ten years ago) fuses featherweight cymbals (At the Ant Farm) with snapping snare work throughout the seventy plus minutes of the CD. Liran Donin’s commanding bass lines weld together the compositions, Toby McLaren’s retro electronic interventions subvert, the mischievous aural graffiti artist at work. Fans of Led Bib will be delighted with The People in Your Neighbourhood. The CD is released on Cuneiform (catalogue no. Rune 378) on April 21. 
The band’s UK tour begins on April 22 in Cornwall at St Ives Jazz Club and the official album launch takes in three nights at the Vortex, London. Visit www.ledbib.com.
Russell.

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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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