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Bebop Spoken There

Miles Kington: "If the intake of alcohol fails to improve a jazz player's performance, why do jazz listeners think it improves their appreciation?" - (Jazz Express October 1982).

Barbara Jay: "My first gig was at the Astoria, Charing Cross Rd. It seemed like a den of iniquity to me. All the Soho girls were there and the gigolos with their old women paying them to dance..." - (Jazz UK May 2008.)

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Today Tuesday February 28

Bill Laurence Group - Sage Gateshead. 8pm. £17.40.
Alex Munk's Flying Machines - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £10/£8. JNE/Schmazz gig.
Maine St. Jazzmen - Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond Ave., Newcastle NE2 3EX. 8:30pm. £5.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
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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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