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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 Sunday February 26.

Afternoon.
Mark Williams (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
More Jam - Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free.
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Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
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Evening
Maine St. Jazzmen - Seaton Sluice Social Club, Collywell Bay Rd., Seaton Sluice NE26 4QZ. 8pm. £4.
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Shaun Henderson Band - Quakerhouse, Mechanics Yard, Darlington. 6pm. £5.
Jazz Jam - Empty Shop, 35c Framwellgate Bridge, Durham DH1 4SY. 7:30pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

CD Review: Mammal Hands - Animalia.

Nick Smart (keys); Jordan Smart (saxes); Jesse Barrett (dms/tabla).
(Review by Lance.)
One of the quotes describes this as "Somewhere between Go Go Penguin and early Portico Quartet". 
I'm not sure that that's an area I particularly want to visit - with or without Penguins. However, after tentatively dipping my toe in the water, I find this to be a not unpleasant experience. All three musicians are talented players capable of meaningful improvisations without resorting to the barnyard effects so beloved of many of our contemporary players.
It doesn't swing in the conventional manner but it does have its own pendulumic pulse that becomes almost hypnotic even when the tempo is moving like a snail on Speed.
From the above you will have gathered that this is not an out and out jazz album as I know it although most of the original material is jazz based even when, I won't say diluted, it is merged with fringe genres such as World Music and Irish Folk.
The trio gel, the interplay and the riffs work out so well that a bass player would probably be superfluous.
There are moments when the pet shop arsonists move in but not long enough to cause any pain to the animals. In actual fact, repeated listening finds me more drawn to it as I absorb and assimilate the different influences and ingredients.
This won't be my album of the year but it will be nearer the top than the bottom!
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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