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Bebop Spoken There

John Tynan: "Go ahead, call me reactionary. I happen to object to the musical nonsense being peddled in the name of jazz by John Coltrane and his acolyte Eric Dolphy." - (Downbeat November 22, 1961).

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McCoy Tyner: "If anyone want to know how the three of us - Elvin, Jimmy and me - felt about John [Coltrane], listen to the music and you can hear the love and respect we had for each other. The music can really speak more than any of us." - (Melody Maker, August 19, 1967).
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Today Tuesday April 25

Evening
Playtime Collective w. Martin Kershaw (alto); Graeme Stephen (guitar); Mario Caribe (bass); Tom Bancroft (drums). - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £10/£8 (conc.). JNE/Schmazz.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond Ave. Newcastle NE2 3EX. £5. 8:30pm.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
Lickety Split - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham. 9:00pm. Free (bucket collection).
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, July 11, 2014

CD Review: Conscious Journey Part 1 & Part 2 - Kenny Lavender

(Review by Lance).
At the end of his 1950's recording of Prologue Stan Kenton proclaimed, "This is an orchestra!".
Kenny Lavender could well have done the same here on this double CD for this is indeed an orchestra comparable with any of the big bands of the past 60 years.
At times the brass do have a suggestion of Kenton and the reeds an occasional nod to Woody but, by and large, this is very much a contemporary outfit reminiscent of, say, Jones/Lewis or Rob McConnell or maybe Bob Florence.
Lavender is an outstanding trumpet player capable of playing a sensitive ballad as well as throwing in a few screamers! The fact that he worked with Jon Faddis whilst still at school speaks much for the perception of both men. (Faddis can be heard at Gala Theatre, Durham this coming Tuesday July 15).
Apart from his playing, Lavender also ticks the boxes as a vocalist (think Harry Connick Jr. Seth McFarlane or Curtis Stigers.) He also composed 8 of the pieces and arranged the other 3.
Not that this is a one man show - far from it! All the reeds have solos including Bacher who plays New Orleans style clarinet in Down in NOLA - a track where the whole band stomps along with a modern Crescent City sound.
About Conscious Journey Part 1 & 2, Lavender says, "These tunes represent different stages in my personal growth, from falling in love with my wife to dealing with addiction and a lot in between."
Like a lot of good music...
Definitely one for the short list but don't play it in the car - you're likely to miss your turning!
Officially released on July 24 - YouTube trailer.
Lance.
Kenny Lavender (tpt/flg/vcl); John Chudoba, Bob Milikan, Brian Pareschi, Scott Wendholt (tpt); Nathan Mayland, Alan Ferber, Michael Boscarino, Joe Barati (tmb); Nathan Childers, Aljandro Aviles, Jason Rigby, Kurt Bacher, Frank Basile (reeds); Rick Germanson (pno); Phil Palombi (bs); Andy Watson (dms).

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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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