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Dewey Redman: "When Trane came to Bop City in San Francisco and told me he liked the way I played, I stayed high off that forever." - (Downbeat June 1980.)

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Nick Brignola: “I got to talk to John Coltrane before he was John Coltrane!” – (Jazz Journal April 1991)

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Today Monday January 16

Afternoon.
Jazz in the Afternoon - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
Evening.
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Sunday, May 04, 2014

CD Reviews The Virtuoso Jazz Trio Summer & Autumn

George MacDonald (clarinet), James Birkett (guitar) & Peter Stuart (double bass).
(Review by Russell).
Concerts by the Virtuoso Jazz Trio are few and far between so it is a delight to have these 2006 performances made available on two CDs. The recordings - Summer and Autumn - were made on tour, the tunes a selection from the Great American Songbook. 
A love of the material is clearly evident, the musicians playing together as friends.
Highlights are many, the musicianship impeccable, solo flights appreciated by musician and audience alike. The twenty tracks across the two CDs read like a compilation of the best of Desert Island Discs. Summer opens with After You’ve Gone and closes with a sparkling I’ve Got Rhythm.  In between there is Goodman, Jobim, Mercer and Carmichael, Hammerstein and Kern. Guitarist James Birkett flies on Airmail Special, the trio relaxed on The Girl from Ipanema and Skylark.
The second disc, Autumn, features more Jobim and Gershwin, there is Harold Arlen and Fields and McHugh. George MacDonald’s assured clarinet playing is one of many constants of both recordings, bassist Peter Stuart’s swinging sound, known to lovers of mainstream jazz sessions down the years throughout north east of England and beyond, is a joy, and guitarist Birkett’s many improvisations are of text book authority.
The CD cover artwork is by Irene Birkett, the in concert performances recorded by First Flight Recording. The CDs Summer  (VJT 101) and Autumn (VJT 102) are available at gigs. The trio’s next performance is at the Lit & Phil, Newcastle on Wednesday May 7. Unreservedly recommended - CDs and gig.  
Russell

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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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