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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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Monday, September 01, 2014

CD Review: Klokkeblomst – Romantiker

Anders Banke (Tenor); Peter Danstrup (Acoustic bass guitar); Ander Provis (Drums).
(Review by Steve H.)
This is the Danish trio’s second offering and has so many tracks featuring climatic references that one could be forgiven for thinking that Weather Report would have been a more appropriate title.
Gently the Wind Kisses begins with a fairly sombre saxophone solo from  Banke and the track progresses in fairly minimalist fashion as drums and bass supplement the melancholy tenor. A delicate bass solo leads off By the Gloom of the Blue Lantern and then some very intricate play from the trio provides an almost eastern buzz for the rest of the piece. Where Are You Going Now is altogether more lively with a  bright tenor featuring throughout and relatively lively drum and bass accompaniment.  Come Rain, Comes... has an almost Roland Kirkesque feel to it albeit with a Scandinavian twist. For Now I Am Bright And Breezy begins as its title suggests with a very catchy tenor riff although the mid section Bass solo is anything but. The title track Romanticist is a rather interesting gentle ballad. The penultimate track is one of longest named I have come across The Dane Stands Proud and Firm (Protected From Storm and Rain) which has a tango like military  style rhythm. The album concludes with Tiny Little Soren a fittingly thoughtful finale.
This album is an interesting and enjoyable listen in a typical Nordic jazz kind of way.
Available via Discovery/ILK Records.
Steve H.

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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.
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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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