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Bebop Spoken There

Howlin' Wolf: “He [Charlie Patton] was a nice guy, but he just loved the bottle--like all the rest of the musicians. He was a great drinker.” – (DownBeat December 16, 1967).

Frank Zappa: “Those kids [US students] wouldn't know music if it came up and bit 'em on the ass.” – (DownBeat October 3, 1969).

Today Tuesday April 24

Afternoon

Classic Swing - The Ship, Front St., Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.

Evening

Maine Street Jazzmen - Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond Ave., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 3EX. 8:30pm. £5.

Gerry Richardson Trio - The Fox, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB. Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (collection). Richardson; Garry Linsley (alto sax) & Adam Sinclair (drums).

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, May 02, 2014

CD Review: Holly Hofmann - LOW LIFE The Alto Flute Project

Holly Hofmann (alto flute); Mike Wofford (piano); John Clayton (bass); Jeff Hamilton (drums) + Anthony Wilson (guitar on  4 tracks). (Review by Lance.)
I think I'm correct in saying that this is the first album I've heard where alto flute is featured exclusively. Not an easy task. The alto flute - like the bass clarinet - isn't an instrument for grandiose flourishes. It has to be nurtured, coaxed, almost made love to to release its full potential. That Holly Hofmann succeeds is perhaps not surprising given her mastery of the standard concert flute.
That mastery is transferred to her alto fluting - the sound is full and satisfying without any subterranean excesses. Each note and phrase carefully chosen and perfectly executed. Hofmann says, "I love that this is something people can put on for a long drive, or while they make dinner, and it still holds up as a jazz album." Don't kid yourself into thinking this is some kind of jazzy elevator music - far from it! This is as jazzy an album as any going the rounds. Choicest of material - originals by Metheny, Mulgrew Miller, John Clayton (one a tribute to the late Cedar Walton), Holly herself, John Williams, guitarist Wilson who impresses on 4 of the tracks, a jazz waltz by Ben Schachter and a moving flute/piano duet on The Very Thought of You. Pianist Wofford also happens to be married to Hofmann which perhaps contributes to the obvious empathy between the couple.
Clayton and Hamilton, away from their big band, combine with Wofford to form a dream rhythm section.
This arrived about an hour ago and from the first bar I just couldn't wait to start writing!
My apologies for jumping the queue with this one but, once you've heard it, you'll understand!
Holly Hofmann - LOW LIFE The Alto Flute Project is scheduled for release on May 20 by Capri Records.
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.
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Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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