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Bebop Spoken There

Mundell Lowe: “...we also had to play for a floor show, which consisted of girls dancing--some of 'em were dressed, some of 'em were not so dressed.” – (Crescendo September 1974).

Brew Moore: "I played so many strip joints I was 21 before I saw a naked woman from the front." - (Downbeat July 24, 1969).

Number 24

Bebop Spoken Here is currently listed at number 24 (-2) in the WORLD JAZZ BLOG Rankings!

Today Saturday June 24

Afternoon
Tyne Valley Big Band - Haydon Bridge Festival, Low Hall Park, Haydon Bridge NE47 6AE. £10. TVBB on at 5:15pm.
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Northern Monkey Brass Band - Orange Pip Market, Baker St., Middlesbrough. 5:15pm.
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Evening
Alan Law (solo piano) - Cherry Tree, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE22 2AE. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Koan 5, Renewal - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:45pm. £5 (£4 conc.).
Miles of Barbed Wire - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Revolutionaires + Jay Burt -Amphitheatre, Sea Rd., South Shields NE33 2LD. 7pm. Free.
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Nick Ross Orchestra - Consett Empire, Front St., Consett. 7:30pm.
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No Time For Jive - The Tannery, Gilesgate, Hexham NE46 3QD. 8pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, May 01, 2014

CD Review: Bobby Avey - Authority Melts From Me.

Bobby Avey (pno); Miguel Zenón (alt); Ben Monder (gtr); Thomson Kneeland (bs); Jordan Perison (dms).
(Review by Lance).
An hour long suite, composed by Avey who found his inspiration in events surrounding the Haitian Revolution and built his masterpiece around the rhythms found in Haitian Vodou drumming, Such is the complexity of the rhythmic foundation that it seems incredible that only one drummer is behind the wheel. Perison's your man if you get a gig in Port au Prince (or anywhere else come to that!)
Not that this a non stop percussive barrage, no sir. There are reflective passages where Avey lays back to give a master-class in minimalist piano. Suggesting a theme, leaving it to your imagination - perhaps the listener may recall a passage from Graham Greene's Haitian based novel The Comedians: "I suppose those of us who spend a large part of our lives in dissembling, whether to a woman, to a partner, even to ourselves, begin to smell each other out..."
Isn't this what jazz is all about? - the parts are dissembled, the musicians smelled out and, after being well and truly dissembled, the components are put back together (ish) again.  Zenón is a master at this, soaring like a 22nd century bird (I use the word intentionally) taking the alto sax to places where many saxophones fear to tread. But we're in Haiti, a land of much mystery. Avey has captured it all and so has Perison. Somebody out there is sticking pins in a drummer doll and it's given our man an extra pair of hands!
Not a CD to play when your dear maiden aunt comes to tea but top of the hit parade when your Mother in Law makes a (guaranteed) brief visit.
Bobby Avey - Authority Melts From Me is released on Monday May 5 (That's next Monday) on Whirlwind Recordings WR 4650.
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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