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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. £10 & £8. JNE gig.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
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Maine Street Jazzmen - Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond Ave., Newcastle NE2 3EX. 8:30pm. £5.
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Sunday, April 13, 2014

CD Review: Leslie Pintchik - In the Nature of Things.

Leslie Pintchik (pno); Steve Wilson (alt/sop); Ron Horton (tpt/flug); Scott Hardy (bs); Michael Sarin (dms); Satoshi Takeishi (perc).
(Review by Lance).
So many review CDs come through the letterbox that I've had to replace the mat in the hall and the postman is complaining of a bad back so I hope those who have sent CDs for review will understand if they don't get reviewed immediately or even ever!
This disc is such a one that most undeservedly got shuffled back down the deck. Not any longer! It's a cracker!
Leslie Pintchik came to jazz after first teaching English Literature and receiving a Master of Philosophy degree in seventeenth century English Literature! The lady can read words as well as music!
Whilst I'm impressed by all this learnin' stuff, I'm even more knocked out by her pianistic, composing and arranging skills.
The compositions are magic, you feel you know these tunes even though you've never heard them before and plagiarism doesn't even enter into it - these are hers and no-one else's! Leslie's interpretation of the one non original,  I've Grown Accustomed to her Face, is on a par with the classic Andre Previn version.
There are so many names bandied around these days - both here and "across the pond" - that genuine, straight down the middle players, usually immensely more talented than the jazzarati, get overlooked.
I'd like to think that Pintchik wasn't such a victim. The jazz of tomorrow can only be as good as the jazz of today if the jazz of today is as good as the jazz of yesterday. This disc bears comparision with the jazz of any day...
It's a disc to listen to and enjoy, not only the lady's piano and her compositions,
but also the fine solos by Wilson and Horton.
If we operated a 5 star system this would be ****.
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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