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Bebop Spoken There

Michael Feinstein: “Fred Astaire is my favorite singer. To me, he was the perfect interpreter of American popular song.” – (Jazz Times December 2014).

Bud Shank: “Once I saw California – that was it, I stayed.” – (Jazz Journal May 1991)

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Today Saturday February 25

Afternoon

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Devonport Hotel, 16-18 The Front, Middleton One Row, Darlington DL2 1AS. 01325 332255. 1:30pm. Free.

Evening

Bradley Johnston (Solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.

Redemption - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5.

Rendezvous Jazz/ Levee Ramblers NOJB 'At the Jazz Band Ball 2' - The Exchange, Howard St., North Shields NE30 1SE. 7:30pm. £10/£8.50.

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Friday, April 25, 2014

CD Review Taupe

Adam Stapleford (drums), Jamie Stockbridge (alto saxophone) & Mike Parr-Burman (guitar)
(Review by Russell).
Mammatus, the opening track of five on Taupe’s eponymous release, begins with a guess-where-this-is-going series of bass-end notes from Mike Parr-Burman’s guitar. Drummer Adam Stapleford hides a crunching snare under a canopy of splashing cymbals as Jamie Stockbridge’s alto emerges from the dense undergrowth blinking into the daylight, an insistent riff taking command. Carnival’s Quarrel  takes a tightly loose guitar intro into a rasping alto blowout, Coupling requires a First Degree in Counting such is its quirky time signature! Clattering drums and Salt Peanuts-like tooting suggest an element of fun is present in the trio’s collective thinking.
The penultimate track - Lash - is the one. This is impressive stuff - the writing and the playing. Stockbridge’s urgent alto fires-up guitar and drums in a hair-raising joyride to who knows where, taking corners at speed for the thrill of it. Out of breath, alto takes it down, the others having none of it, foot on the accelerator and off they go again! The closing number - Beads - was surely composed aboard the eerie Marie Celeste. Shrouded in a fog, drifting, dissolving into silence. Taupe is one of the releases of 2014. The trio describe themselves as Newcastle’s premier power jazz commando team. On this evidence they could well out gun the opposition in the power trio stakes. Highly recommended. Check out Taupe at http://taupe.bandcamp.com.
Russell.

1 comment :

  1. Wow! Thanks for the kind words - glad you enjoyed it.

    Jamie

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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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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