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Alan Luff: “The general view is that Ella’s songbook recordings are the supreme exemplars of sophistication, fine diction and creative voice in the wide field of popular music.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

Steve Voce: “Most of us have been crashed into by cretins who walk along the road absorbed in the screens of their mobile phones.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

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Bebop Spoken Here is currently listed at number 22 in the WORLD JAZZ BLOG Rankings!

Today Wednesday May 24

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £5.
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Monday, September 22, 2014

CD Review: The Microscopic Septet - Manhattan Moonrise

Phillip Johnston (sop/comp); Don Davis (alt); Mike Hashim (ten); Dave Sewelson (bar); Joel Forrester (pno/comp); Dave Hofstra (bs); Richard Dworkin (dms).
(Review by Lance).
The Microscopic Septet, NYC's Fave Purveyors of Swing, Roar Back into the Limelight with Manhattan Moonlight, an Album of 21st  Century Tunes Dedicated to their Beloved Manhattan. So reads the album notes and, after listening to the music within, it's my Beloved Manhattan too. 
It's a Broadway musical, a Mike Hammer novel, The Bowery Boys, Yankee Stadium, Birdland, Greenwich Village, the East River, and 52nd St. - most definitely 52nd St - in one glorious mix. This is Bebop and Harlem Stride, Duke and Dizzy even Coltrane and Ornette as heard by these guys in 2014.
Four saxes, blending together in perfect harmony and soloing with the panache of a Bojangles dance routine. A swinging trio lay down the foundation for the horns with co-leader/composer Forrester supplying 8 of the 12 originals and Johnston the other 4.
Sure, sometimes it's a walk on the wild side but it's also a melodic meander through Central Park.
Forrester described the band thus: "I've always considered that the Microscopic Septet presents an outward show of being a 'revival outfit'; but what we attempt to revive... never existed. A revival of the future then?" 
A revival of the future - I like that and I  love the album!
The Microscopic Septet - Manhattan Moonrise is available on Cuneiform Records.
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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