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Tim Berne: "My guys improvise. They're not going to do something just because it works, or it worked the night before." - (Downbeat December 2004.)

Barry McRae: “Arguments about the importance or even the necessity for improvisation in jazz are never likely to be resolved.” – (Jazz Journal December 1992)

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Today Tuesday January 24

Afternoon.
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Evening.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

CD Reviews - Like Topsy...

LondonJazzNews  recently commented that 80% of discs sent get reviewed - that is some achievement. Up here the position is reversed inasmuch as 80% of discs sent don't get reviewed!
This a combination of available time and a shortage of willing hands - it were ever so.
My current order of preference for selecting discs are:
A) Local north east (UK) bands/artists.
B) British bands/artists.
C) Established international names.
D) Outstanding unknowns irrespective of where they hang out..
E) Ones that I absolutely love (This automatically replaces Cat. A/B/C/D)!
In the meantime, rather than ignore those discs that don't get reviewed, here is a list of just some of them with links to where they've been reviewed elsewhere.
Esben Brandt - Constants.
Larry Corban - The Corbanator.
Andrew Downing/Jim Lewis/David Occhipinti - Bristles.
Chelsey Green & The Green Project - The Green Room.
Tal Gur - Under Contractions.
Mark Lomax Trio - Isis & Osiris.
Terry Marshall - Arrival.
Mark Meadows - Something Good.
Adam Meckler Orchestra - When the Clouds Look Like This.
Alicia Olatuja - Timeless.
Outhead - Send this Sound to the King.
Jim Rattigan/Thomas Gould/Liam Noble - Triplicity.
Jefferson Rose Band - Feel Like Dancing.
Salsa De La Bahia  - Volume 2.
Donna Singer - Destiny.
Rotem Sivan Trio - For Emotional Use Only.
Jim Stranahan Little Big Band - Migration to Higher Ground.
Ken Thomson and Slow/Fast - Settle.
Ritmos Unidos.
Mike Walker Stuart McCallum - Beholden.
Jason Yeager Trio - Affirmation.
There are more to be added! However, the above list is not carved in cyberstone. Should any of the above bands be appearing at a venue twixt Tees and Tweed a review would most certainly be posted and, likewise, if any of the BSH team (or any of our  literate readers - that means you Joe Soap)  fancy putting digits to keyboard) get in touch.
Now where did I put that Buddy Bolden cylinder? - sorry it took so long Buddy...
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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