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Bebop Spoken There

Alan Luff: “The general view is that Ella’s songbook recordings are the supreme exemplars of sophistication, fine diction and creative voice in the wide field of popular music.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

Steve Voce: “Most of us have been crashed into by cretins who walk along the road absorbed in the screens of their mobile phones.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

Today Tuesday May 23

Evening
Davina & the Vagabonds - Sage Gateshead. 8pm. £18.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
Zoe Gilby: Pannonica - The Fox Inn, West End Tce., Hexham NE46 3DB. Free. 9pm.
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Sunday, May 25, 2014

Vinyl Review: Dexter Gordon - Soy Califa

Dexter Gordon (tenor); Kenny Drew (piano); Niels-Hedding Orsted Pederson (bass); Albert "Tootie" Heath (drums).
(Review by Lance).
Recorded live in Copenhagen back in 1967 this is Long Tall Dex at his finest. Comparable with those legendary Blue Note albums so many of us treasure (Gordon also recorded an earlier version of Soy Califa on his Swinging Affair LP with Sonny Clark on piano). Stretching out without any studio restrictions the ideas flow effortlessly, this is tenor playing of the first order. You want to know what swing is? Just listen to this, or any Dexter Gordon disc.
The Blues Up And Down, originally created by two other great tenor players - Sonny Stitt and Gene Ammons - takes up all of one side allowing Gordon to gallop totally unbridled through countless choruses of pure joy throwing in a few of his favourite quotes along the way. Drew, an unsung piano hero of the era, reminds us just how good he was both as soloist and accompanist whilst on bass NHOP was building the reputation that led to Oscar Peterson making him his main man for several years. On drums "Tootie" Heath kicks things along on the swinger, spices up the Latin flavoured title track Soy Califa and is gently sympathetic on The Shadow of Your Smile.
Never previously issued on LP or CD, Soy Califa, is the latest vinyl issue from Gearbox Records, a label that is becoming renowned for the quality of sound reproduction.
To learn more about the technology involved or just to check out their mouthwateringly  impressive catalogue visit www.gearboxrecords.com.
Dexter Gordon: Soy Califa available now on Gearbox Records GB1526.
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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