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Hugh Masekela: “I advise every kid to check out their past because without a past you are in limbo.” (Songlines December 2017)

Leo Richardson: “I think your image is really important. You look at those old Blue Note recordings and you look at the liner note, the booklet and they’re in the studio and they’re wearing shirt and ties. They used to wear suits all the time.” – (Jazzwise December 2017/January 2018)

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Whilst we appreciate the many emails, texts, messages and other communications we receive requesting album/gig reviews on BSH, regrettably, we are unable to reply to them all other than those we are able to answer with a positive response.
Similarly, CDs received by post will only be considered if accompanied by sufficient background material.
Finally, bear in mind that this is a jazz-based site when submitting your album.
Lance

Today December 14

Afternoon

Interim Recitals (Final Year Music Students) - Recital Room, Armstrong Building, Newcastle University NE1 7RU. Inc. Ben Richardson (jazz piano) 10:00am.

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Christmas Swing w Danny Reed - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE33 1ES. 7:00pm. £18.95.

Indigo Jazz Voices - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter’s Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. Tel: 0191 488 8068. 8:30pm. Free.

Tees Hot Club w. guests - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free.

Durham University Big Band - Riverside Bar, Dunelm House, New Elvet, Durham DH1 3AN. 8:30pm (doors 8:00pm). Free admission. The band’s ‘Jazzy Christmas 5’.

WCEA Big Band - Whitburn Church of England Academy, Whitburn SR6 7EF. Tel: 0191 529 3712. 7:00-9:30pm. £4.00. (£10.00. family of three). Tickets must be purchased in advance by December 8th. ‘Christmas Swing-a-long’ to include school choir. Whitburn Academy competes regularly at the annual Great North Big Band Jazz Festival.

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.
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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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