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Bebop Spoken There

Miles Kington: "If the intake of alcohol fails to improve a jazz player's performance, why do jazz listeners think it improves their appreciation?" - (Jazz Express October 1982).

Barbara Jay: "My first gig was at the Astoria, Charing Cross Rd. It seemed like a den of iniquity to me. All the Soho girls were there and the gigolos with their old women paying them to dance..." - (Jazz UK May 2008.)

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Today Tuesday February 28

Bill Laurence Group - Sage Gateshead. 8pm. £17.40.
Alex Munk's Flying Machines - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £10/£8. JNE/Schmazz gig.
Maine St. Jazzmen - Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond Ave., Newcastle NE2 3EX. 8:30pm. £5.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

CD Review: Dino Saluzzi Group - El Valle de la Infancia

Dino Saluzzi (bandoneon); Jose Maria Saluzzi (classical and requinto guitars); Nicolas “Colacho” Brizuela (classical guitar); Felix “Cuchara” Saluzzi (tenor saxophone, clarinet); Matias Saluzzi (electric bass, double bass); Quintino Cinalli (drums, percussion).
(Review by Hugh Cochrane).
It was during the recent visit of MP Chi Onwurah to the Globe that Lance approached me and asked me if I would like to review some CDs. “Er, well...”, I replied. “What do you like?” asked Lance. “Most things”, I replied - “ECM?” suggested Lance, and handed me a package containing two CDs in the iconic black and white livery of the label.
ECM have made it a trademark to put together artists signed to the label who are from different musical genres. I was already familiar with some of the output by Dino Saluzzi in collaboration with Anja Lechner – a classical cellist. In this work however we find him on home territory with his “family” band – their first such album since Juan Condori in 2006.
Saluzzi derives from North Argentina and this music captures the essence and spirit of this region. The disc exudes atmosphere, indeed Saluzzi is not interested in virtuosity for its own sake but invites the listener to let their imagination travel, with the music, to some different times and places. One does feel drawn into the Argentinian countryside. Saluzzi emphasises that, although the music is composed (predominantly by Dino himself), it is continually evolving and is not necessarily played the same way on each occasion.
There are eight tracks on the album, four of which are divided into two or more parts. The first track Sombras (darkness) sets the scene. The disc then takes us on a tour of the territories, expressed as a series of suites: La Polvadera to Pueblo. At this point we are introduced to the artists father and son (A mi Padre y a mi Hijo). We then progress on to Churqui and Urkupina. The mood remains generally contemplative, evocative of stifling summer heat, where the best plan is to sit around in the shade jamming over a cool beer. Its now time to join the party in La Fiesta Popular, where the mood hots up, just a little, but never too much. The final track, Tiempos Primeros, is in a similar vein and nicely concludes the journey. We feel exhilarated, and a little tired, but not exhausted.
Lovers of tango and Argentinian music in general will love this disc. Is this jazz? – well, probably not, but it certainly carries some of the spirit of the oeuvre. Jazz lovers will, I'm sure, find much to delight the ear.
Hugh C.
ECM. Catalogue No. 7700323 available now.

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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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