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Today Thursday May 25

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone, Newcastle (ish) NE27 0DA. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Strictly Smokin' Big Band - Millstone, Haddricks Mill Rd., South Gosforth NE3 3DB. 7pm. Free.
Maine St. Jazzmen - Potters Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. 8:30pm. 0191 4888068.
Dulcie May Moreno - Bar Loco, Leazes Park Rd., Newcastle NE1 4PG. 8pm? Free? 0191 2325871 to confirm times etc.
Ray Johnson/Richard Herdman - Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5.
Babmus - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £3/£2 (students/MU).
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Doo Wop Dollies - Queen's Hall, Beaumont St., Hexham NE46 3LS. 8pm. £10. 01434 652477.
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Tees Hot Club w. Richie Emmerson (tenor); Kevin Eland (trumpet); Ted Pearce (keys); Mark Hawkins (drums) - Dorman's, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - The Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees. 8:30pm.
Pocket Jazz Orchestra - Ship, Church Lane, Redmarshall, Stockton TS21 1EP. Free. 8:00PM.
Paul Skerritt Band - Pennyweight, Bakehouse Hill, Darlington DL1 5QA. 7pm. £25 (3 course meal inc.)
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

CD Review: Felipe Salles - Ugandan Suite

(Review by Steve H).
One of the main reasons I can’t cope with wildlife programmes on TV is the ridiculous corny music that they use to accompany the various shots of a kangaroo feeding its young or a crocodile swallowing a man whole etc..  Well if they were to use a soundtrack like the music found on this album I might begin to reappraise my viewing habits.
The Brazilian Saxophone player Felipe Salles’s Ugandan Suite comprises of five movements each named after an African animal. 
The first movement The Buffalo begins with a flute introduction symbolising the birds encircling overhead the roaming cattle.  Once the horns join in we get the imagery of the rumbling beasts. This track reminded me of the McCoy Tyner Fly With the Wind album of the late 70’s. The next movement to cross our paths is one you are unlikely to forget The Elephant. Here the Baritone Sax represents this enormous creature but the  highlight of this track is the percussion apparently inspired by Ugandan circumcision dance music. We leap into movement three with The Leopard, the start of which is reminiscent of South African Jazz giant Abdullah Ibrahim before finishing in  Rollins' inspired calypso style. The Rhinoceros follows not surprisingly this is the heaviest track on the album; the percussion excels again but the twin tenor playing of Salles and Liebman is quite inspiring. The final movement The Lion does not so much roar in but the sound of rhythmic African drums leads us majestically to the core of the track where the whole ensemble produces a fairly straight ahead jazz track  before the album is drawn to a close with a delicate gentle piano finale.
This album is a magnificent fusion of Jazz, African and -South American styles. If only ‘Life on Earth’ was really like this.  Are you listening David Attenborough  this is Animal Magic? 
For more info and samples check out this Capri release here.
Steve H.
Felipe Salles; Tenor and Baritone Saxophones, Flutes, Bass Clarinet, Handclaps; David Liebman: Wooden Flute, Soprano and Tenor Saxophones; Damascus Kafumbe: (O)Mugalabe, (E) Ngom'enene, (E) Nduumi, Kadodi, Inemba, Indonyi, Mbuutu, Mpuunyi, Atin Bull, Min Bull, Ngalabi Drums, Ndingidi Tube-Fiddle, Adungu Bow-Harp, Nsaasi Gord Shakers, Madinda Xylophone; Rogerio Boccato: All Other Percussion, (E) Nduumi Drums, Handclaps; Nando Michelin: Piano, Handclaps; Keala Kaumeheiwa: Bass, Handclaps; Bertram Lehmann: Drumset, Atin Bull Drums, Handclaps; Lucas Apostoleris: Handclaps.

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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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