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Bebop Spoken There

Mundell Lowe: “...we also had to play for a floor show, which consisted of girls dancing--some of 'em were dressed, some of 'em were not so dressed.” – (Crescendo September 1974).

Brew Moore: "I played so many strip joints I was 21 before I saw a naked woman from the front." - (Downbeat July 24, 1969).

Number 24

Bebop Spoken Here is currently listed at number 24 (-2) in the WORLD JAZZ BLOG Rankings!

Today Thursday June 22

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone, Newcastle (ish) NE27 0DA. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Group Theory - Jazz Café. 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm. £6 (£5 in advance) - DUBB past and present members.
Gabriele Heller Quartet - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8:00pm. £5.
Maine St. Jazzmen - Potters Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. 8:30pm. 0191 4888068.
Juggernaut Love Band - Bar Loco, 22 Leazes Park Rd., Newcastle NE1 4PG. 8pm. Free.
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Tees Hot Club w. Richie Emmerson (tenor); Donna Hewitt (alto); Graham Thompson (keys) - Dorman's, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - The Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees. 8:30pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, July 14, 2014

CD Review: Red Pellini & Emanuele Basentini - "Red" & "Boss" Gang

(Review by Lance.)
Colin, Our Man in Hong Kong, presented me with this superb tribute to Bix recorded by a group of Italian musicians. The tunes may be Bixian but the approach is more of a mid to late thirties Harlem small group which, with hindsight, could well have been a logical progression for Bix had he not died so young.
Sure, they're playing well within the idiom, the difference being these guys have got a rhythm section that swings. Plus the solos are more modern. Not bebop and beyond modern, but late 1930s small group swing - imagine Bix ten years on with say, Chu Berry or Benny Carter and you'll get the idea.
Gravish captures the spirit of Beiderbecke and Pellini, an international authority on Bix, is, even on straight alto, more  inspired by Bob Wilber than Trumbauer. Not surprising as he has recorded, I'm led to believe, with Wilber. Basentini on guitar is perhaps the most modern of them all. His "solo flights" are absolute gems. He's heard all the great swing guitarists - listened and assimilated - and is now very much his own man.
Although the tunes are well known; Fidgety Feet, China Boy, Clarinet Marmalade etc. there is one number, new to me, Blue River. What a lovely, mournful song
This isn't a disc to single out individuals - each and everyone contributes - but special attention should be drawn to Pellini 's arrangements - you can almost taste the bathtub gin!
Recommended - available on Amazon.
Lance.
Red Pellini (straight alto); Emanuele Boss Basentini (guitar); Max D'Avola (tenor); Andy Gravish (trumpet); Paolo Farinelle (alto); Leonardo Borghi (piano); Vincenzo Florio (bass - 3 tracks); Marco Loddo (bass - 3 tracks); Guiseppe Talone (bass - 5 tracks);  Marco Valeri (drums - 3 tracks); Nicola Angelucci (drums - 3 tracks); Roberto Pistolesi (drums - 5 tracks) - special guest Carlo Atti (sax); Greg (vocal on From Monday On.)

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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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