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Bebop Spoken There

Dewey Redman: "When Trane came to Bop City in San Francisco and told me he liked the way I played, I stayed high off that forever." - (Downbeat June 1980.)

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Nick Brignola: “I got to talk to John Coltrane before he was John Coltrane!” – (Jazz Journal April 1991)

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Today Tuesday January 17

Afternoon.
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Evening.
Jam Session - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. Free. Sitters-in welcome.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

CD Review:Miguel Zenón - Identities Are Interchangeable.

Miguel Zenón Quartet: Zenón (alt); Luis Perdomo (pno); Hans Glawischnig (bs); Henry Cole (dms).
Identities Big Band: As above + Will Vinson, Michael Thomas (alt); Samir Zarif, John Ellis (ten); Chris Cheek (bar); Mat Jodrel, Michael Rodriguez, Alex Norris, Jonathon Powell (tpt); Ryan Keberle, Alan Ferber, Tim Albright (tmb).
(Review by Lance).
To say this is an unusual record is perhaps an understatement - it's unique! It's also compelling and absolutely brilliant. So if I, as a born and bred Englishman, like it, imagine how I'd feel if I was a Puerto Rican living in New York!
Zenón - four times winner of DB's Critics' Poll in the Rising Star Alto Sax Category (how many wins does it take to graduate from the Rising Star Category?!) - is well worthy of such acclaim. On the strength of this CD we can add composer, and not just as a rising star!
It's a concept album - just about every one is these days - but this is a concept's concept!
As well as his deep involvement with music, Zenón's native culture is also very much one of his driving forces, hence this album. The Puerto Rican born leader posed a question to his friends - a question he'd been asking of himself - "What does it mean to be Puerto Rican in 21st century NYC?"
Interspersed with the music, are answers from interviews with various New Yorkers of PR descent. 
Speech as music is one of the descriptions used and it is apt. The words blend naturally into the musical surrounds and the result is a marvellous kaleidoscope of tonal colours, cross rhythms - neither totally jazz nor totally Latin - but a wonderful hybrid of the two with a symphonic feeling too, as befits a six movement opus.
Apart from Zenón, whose playing has risen far beyond the Rising Cat, John Ellis blows great tenor on Same Flight, Tim Albright (trombone) hits the spot on First Language (Spanish or English?) and overall the band and the quartet do the music justice.
The quartet tour Europe next February taking in Holland (2), Switzerland (2), France (2), Italy (2) and Germany (3) - mmm... seems there's a country missing here and I don't mean Belgium or, even more surprisingly, Spain!
Miguel Zenón  - Identities Are Interchangeable is due for release on November 4.
Visit www.miguelzenon.com.
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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