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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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Thursday, September 18, 2014

CD Review: Partisans – Swamp

Julian Siegel - saxophones & bass clarinets;  Phil Robson – guitars; Thaddeus Kelly – bass; Gene Calderazzo – drums.
(Review by Steve H.)
The Partisans could be described as an Indie Jazz British super group - all members being stars in their own right. Swamp is the band’s fifth studio album since their formation in 1996 and the tightness and empathy in this performance are apparent throughout.
Flip the Sneck (Siegel) is a jolly opener with an easily recognisable theme.  Siegel  leads the way before Robson ends the piece with a crushing guitar solo. Low Glow (Siegal) has a great bass  background reminiscent of Miles’ 70’s era recordings complemented by Calderazzo’s sensitive drumming allowing Siegal and Robson space to flow with fine solos. 
Thin Man (Robson)  is driven by Calderazzo’s classic drumming as again Robson and Siegel serve up tasteful and interesting solos . The title track Swamp (Robson) certainly evokes the feeling of being in the middle of some whirling foggy morass. This is the ‘free-est’  and for me the most enjoyable track on the album again with a definite  Miles Davis electronic feel to it. Robson uses fascinating electronic effects whilst drum and bass really set the groove. 
Veto (Siegel) is another vehicle for the tenor player to delight with a more or less straight ahead piece and the guitar is also played in classic jazz fashion. Overview (Robson) starts with a gentle airy soprano solo before Robson takes over with one of his more imaginative guitar breaks.  Mickey (Robson) sees Siegel and Robson once more trade solos as bass and drums provide the perfect backdrop. Finally, Icicle Architects (Robson) starts with a melancholic bass clarinet solo before slowly building to a rumbling group finale.
Apart from the title track this album is more landscape garden than quagmire so for those who revel in tight well executed contemporary jazz played by a first rate ensemble this will be a fine offering. For those seeking some heavier trekking this album may be a few mud baths short of a Swamp
Swamp is released by Whirlwind Recordings Ltd. on Sept. 22.
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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