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More from Jazz Monthly:

Jack Cooke: "...neither Giuffre nor Jim Hall are even adequate jazz musicians, they are technically limited, and more importantly, seem unable to improvise logically" - (Review of a JATP concert. Jazz Monthly May 1960)

Michael James: "...if Ellis [Herb] has merits they are definitely not these [fantastic fire and drive]". - (Review of Herb Ellis Meets Jimmy Giuffre (LP). Jazz Monthly May 1960).

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Today Tuesday October 17

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Black Bull, 98 Front St., East Boldon NE36 0SG. 1pm. Free. 0191 5365127. 5th of 6 consecutive gigs. 2 mins from East Boldon metro.
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Evening
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
Jam Session - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. Free. James Harrison on piano.
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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.
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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