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Allison Neale: “It’s difficult if you play mainstream in the UK, it isn’t appreciated enough. The current scene seems to focus on musician-composers.” - (Jazz Journal April 2013).

Liam Noble: “I know some people think playing standards is old-fashioned but I love it.” – (Jazz Journal January 2016).

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Today Monday February 20

Afternoon.
Jazz in the Afternoon - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
Evening.
Holy Moly & The Crackers + Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra - The Cluny, Lime St., Newcastle. 7pm. £10.
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Saturday, July 05, 2014

CD Review: Joe LoCascio & Woody Witt - Absinthe. The Music of Billy Strayhorn

Joe LoCascio (pno); Woody Witt (ten/alt/sop).
(Review by Lance).
CDs land on my doormat in such profusion these days that I can no longer guarantee to find the time to listen let alone blog all of them which means I have to use my sometimes flawed judgement as to what is worthy of recommendation for our readers. So if you've sent me a disc and it's "missed the cut" my apologies.
However, no need to apologise for this piano/sax duo album - it's a "pippin" (Which song did I pick that line from I wonder?)
Joe LoCascio and Woody Witt are faculty members of the University of Houston, Texas which goes some way to explaining why they aren't household names in Newcastle, England! This album should help remedy that.
A choice selection of tunes by Ellington's alter ego enables both men to immerse themselves in the harmonic luxury of the material - individuality without irreverence. Witt nods to Johnny Hodges on My Little Brown Book and on Charpoy, recorded by Ellington on the album And His Mother Called Him Bill, Witt's tenor reminds me a little of Harold Ashby. There's also superb soprano on A Flower is a Lovesome Thing and of course LoCacio is behind him throughout feeding the chords, the complementary l
ines and emerging to shine in his own right.
Raincheck is a swinger. Even without bass and drums it seduces the toes before reaching your heart via your soul. Witt blows tenor on this one. An extended cadenza on the same horn brings us into the melancholy portrait of Chelsea Bridge. Lotus Blossom is as beautiful as the name implies and Isfahan brings Hodges to mind once more. Some ethereal exploration under the influence of Absinthe before the disc culminates with a Daydream with the piano in the foreground for some tranquil meditations.
Available now on Blue Bamboo Music..
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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