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Bebop Spoken There

Michael Feinstein: “Fred Astaire is my favorite singer. To me, he was the perfect interpreter of American popular song.” – (Jazz Times December 2014).

Bud Shank: “Once I saw California – that was it, I stayed.” – (Jazz Journal May 1991)

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Today Thursday February 23

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone, Newcastle (ish) NE27 0DA. 1pm. Free.
Evening.
Maine St. Jazzmen - Potters Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. 8:30pm. 0191 4888068.
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Strictly Smokin' Big Band - Millstone, Haddricks Mill Rd., South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3DB 7pm.
Indigo Jazz Voices - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. Free.
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Tees Hot Club w. Gus Smith (vocals); Richie Emmerson (tenor); Bruce Taylor (keys) - Dorman's, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge Hotel, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees. 8:30pm.
Pocket Jazz Orchestra - The Ship, Church Lane, Redmarshall TS21 1EP. 8pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, September 05, 2014

CD Review: Cloudmakers Trio – Abstract Forces.

Jim Hart (vibes); Michael Janisch (bass); Dave Smith (drums).
(Review by Wes Stephenson).
What starts off as a fairly standard piece of modern jazz, soon twists and turns indeed to become a force to be reckoned with. An album of solid grooves and free improvising create the foundation for a high quality eclectic contemporary Jazz record.
It’s always a pleasure to hear new material from the three great musicians on this recording, should you ever have the opportunity to catch them live then I recommend that you do so
.Whilst the Vibraphone can sometimes suffer the stigma of being considered an outmoded instrument that should have been left in the sands of history, there are players around such as Jim Hart that make a sound so imaginative and progressive that such negative sensibilities can quickly be done away with. Jazz North East regular Corey Mwamba, Martin Pyne and Roger Beaujolais are other great U.K players, and over in Europe, Luxembourg to be precise, Pascal Schumacher is really pushing the instrument. Take a listen to some of these guys if you want to hear some fantastic modern vibes.
After a solid couple of opening tracks the third, Post Stone, is the turning point when the abstraction and dynamic ride really begins to make itself felt. Bowed Vibraphone, skittering Drums and loose bass open the track which having established some semblance of solidity quickly morphs into an estranged melting pot of processed electronics, interesting stuff. Track six Ramprasad is also a highlight, sounding like a strange modern Jazz Quatermass!
There are seven tracks in total with the album clocking in at 55 Minutes, it’s concise and quality control remains steadfast. A great release for Whirlwind Recordings / Loop Collective.
Abstract Forces is the second album from Jim Hart’s Cloudmakers Trio and due for release on September 29 . (Whirlwind Recordings – WR4655)
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Wes.

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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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