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Bebop Spoken There

Jim Hall: "Won't play loud, can't play fast" - (From one of the great guitarist's business cards brought to our attention by Roly Veitch).

Joel Harrison: “It’s incredibly hard to play bebop on guitar, harder than on saxophone.” – (Jazz Times August 2015)

Sir Thomas Beecham: "Forget about the bars. Look at the phrases, please. Remember that bars are only the boxes in which the music is packed" - (Beecham Stories by Harold Atkins & Archie Newman. Robson Books, 1978).

Today Wednesday June 28

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café. 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £5/Students free - voluntary donation.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

CD Review: Danny Freyer - Must be Love

(Review by Lance).
Quite a charming release, no earth-shattering innovations, no trips to the moon on gossamer wings although Freyer can certainly fly within his chosen orbit.
"Dean Martin looks and Sinatra voice" says the blurb. I'm not too sure about the looks but possibly Dino may have inspired Freyer's two original songs - Must be Love or Else I'm Drunk and Tanked as a Fish, Buzzed, Bombed and Blitzed!Who said the art of lyricism is dead? He also wrote a new lyric to Yardbird Suite as well indulging in a vocalese chorus based on Bird's solo. Freyer tips his Fedora to Frank with Bop Goes My Heart, That Old Black Magic, Lean Baby, Begin the Beguine, Stardust and Goodnight my Love. The album opens and closes with this latter tune which features a backing vocal by Dannielle DeAndrea giving it a vintage forties feeling.
The arrangements are excellent and the solos fit the mood perfectly. Jeff Elwood's tenor particularly poignant on Promise me You'll Remember.
However, the $64,000 question is, "Why buy this when I've got most of them by Sinatra?"
Well, speaking as Ol' Blue Eyes number one fan, even I must admit that Freyer has the edge when it comes to swinging. If anything, he's more akin to Crosby and Bing almost always got the nod in that department. 
Balladry of course is a different matter altogether.
Danny Freyer - Must be Love is available on Blue Bend Records. 
Checkout  www.DannyFreyer.com.
Lance.
Danny Freyer (vocal); Matt Politano (pno); Roger Shew (bs); Evan Stone (dms) + Jeff Elwood (saxes); Tony Guerrero (tpt/arr); Mark Visher (clt); Ben Devitt (tmb); Phil Parlapiano (acc); Dannielle DeAndrea (backing vcls); Alira strings (one track only).

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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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