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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 Friday March 24

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Mick Shoulder's Swing Manouche - Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1pm. £5. 0300 0269520
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Evening
James Harrison & Caroline Bagley- Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm. Free.
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Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7:00pm.
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Saturday, April 26, 2014

CD Review: Michael Feinberg's “HUMBLEBRAG” Live at 800 East

Michael Feinberg (Bass/ Bass guitar); Godwin Louis (Alto); Billy Buss (Tpt);  Julian Shore (Pno); Terreon Gully (dms); Jacob Deacon (Gtr on 1 track).
(Review by Dave Brownlow).
This album offers us a “Glimpse of Jazz’s Future” featuring six original compositions by bassist/composer Michael Feinberg (who also leads The Elvin Jones Project in the U.S.) played by an up and coming group of young musicians on  the New York scene.


The opener, Tutuola is based on a relentless motif – the energetic solos, driven by explosive drummer Gully, hover around a repeated single-note bass pedal point. Puncher’s Chance is built around a bass-led ostinato where the alto and trumpet seem to trade phrases as boxers trade punches. Pianist Shore has an attractive solo in between rounds!
But the Sound is a longer three-part suite moving to and from extremes of mood. It starts quietly and atmospherically out-of-tempo with challenging harsh harmonies. The middle section has the trumpet and alto improvising solos together clashing with many dissonances. This leads to pleasant flowing alto and piano solos followed by a reprise of the out-of-tempo section to conclude.
Duckface is a blues with altered chord changes which joyfully charges along in a “down-home” groove with heated solos from alto and trumpet. A ballad, Untitled 2 follows – again constructed from a bass-led figure. This features gentle solos from Shore and guitarist Deacon who appears on this one track.
Finally the title track Humblebrag is reminiscent of some of Miles Davis’s early electric-fusion work. Following the theme statement, there is a fine “Jarrett-esque” piano interlude and a melodic bass-guitar solo leading to a final out-chorus well thrashed by drummer Gully.
As you can imagine in a bassist-led album, the sound of the bass is well to the fore in the sonic mix. This is a useful thing for the listener, as it helps one to focus on “where you are” in the structure of the pieces and the solos.
Due out on May 6, “Humblebrag” is available at Amazon.com, iTunes and at www.humblebrag_band.com
Dave B.

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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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