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More from Jazz Monthly:

Jack Cooke: "...neither Giuffre nor Jim Hall are even adequate jazz musicians, they are technically limited, and more importantly, seem unable to improvise logically" - (Review of a JATP concert. Jazz Monthly May 1960)

Michael James: "...if Ellis [Herb] has merits they are definitely not these [fantastic fire and drive]". - (Review of Herb Ellis Meets Jimmy Giuffre (LP). Jazz Monthly May 1960).

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Today Tuesday October 17

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Black Bull, 98 Front St., East Boldon NE36 0SG. 1pm. Free. 0191 5365127. 5th of 6 consecutive gigs. 2 mins from East Boldon metro.
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Evening
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
Jam Session - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. Free. James Harrison on piano.
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Thursday, July 17, 2014

CD Review: New York Standards Quartet - The New Straight Ahead.

Tim Armacost (ten/sop); David Beckman (pno); Daiki Yasukagawa (bs); Gene Jackson (dms).
(Review by Lance).
As the name implies, a quartet playing standards. So what's new? I hear you ask. After all, standard playing quartets are a dime a dozen. Well yes they are and no they're not! What I mean by that politician style remark is that, to quote a standard that isn't on the CD, 'Tain't  What You Do It's the Way That You Do It.
Or, to quote the band, "In redesigning familiar songs, we found that we could offer listeners an entry point to the music we present, whilst simultaneously generating the creative energy that comes from exploring new territory."
Sound logic and it works.
Armacost can do lyrical on both horns caressing and embracing a melody. Equally, he can roll up his sleeves and strip the paint off your deck with a blistering chorus or six. Beckman likewise contributes meaningful solos and comps sympathetically. Yasukagawa is outstanding - with Michael Janisch as executive producer - I'd expect nothing less!
From Krupa to Calderazzo drumming is in the Genes - in this case Jackson who carries on the tradition admirably with both power and finesse. In all, the NYSQ are a well matched quartet with the communal feel that only comes from a long term association which, in this case, is over 8 years.
Tunes: Intro (Polkadots); The Maze; It Don't Mean a Thing; When You Wish Upon a Star; Autumn Leaves; Misterioso; Ah-Leu-Cha; Zingaro; Remember; Outro (and Moonbeams).
New York Standards Quartet - The New Straight Ahead available from July 22 on Whirlwind Recordings WR4654.
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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