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Number 22 in World Jazz Blog Rankings

Bebop Spoken There

Howard Riley: “When I started out playing jazz back in the late 50s, early 60s, if you wanted a gig you had to learn some standards.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Eric Harland: “I love swing and I’m always going to swing but I also know that you can take a hip-hop groove and improvise with that just like you would with a swing pattern.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Today Saturday April 29

Afternoon

1pm: Dean Stockdale Trio. 2:30pm: Abbie Finn Quartet 4pm: Rick Laughlin Trio - Quakerhouse, Mechanics’ Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 01325 245052. 1:00-5:00pm. Free (donations).

Evening

Dave O’Higgins with Durham Alumni Big Band - Majestic Theatre, Bondgate, Darlington DL3 7JT. Support set by Durham County Youth Big Band (7:15pm). £12.00. (+ concs).

Late night jam session - Quakerhouse, Mechanics’ Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 01325 245052.10:30pm. Free.

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Ruby Turner - Alnwick Playhouse. 7:30pm. £21.00. & £20.00.

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Fever & Friends - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE333 3NG. 7:30pm. £12.00. 0191 454234.

Bradley Johnston (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.

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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, November 17, 2014

CD Review: Jeremy Platt Jazz Soul Moment - Sometimes Saying Your Name.

Jeremy Platt (piano/microkorg/vocal); Frank Felix (bass); John Boulton (drums).
(Review by Lance).
Platt's professed influences are Les McCann and Ramsey Lewis. I would be tempted to maybe add Mose Allison and early Georgie Fame, particularly on the vocal tracks.  Reminiscent of the earthy piano styles that found success in the 1960's, but updated with the measured incorporation of some synth lines, this is an easy album to listen to, by which I don't mean "Easy Listening," but a disc that doesn't require a degree in extra sensory perception to discover the elusive beauty of the music.

It's all here - totally upfront. All the listener has to do is enjoy the delicacy of the ballads and the foot tapping grooves on the funkier pieces.
The vocals verge on the falsetto (blurb quotes Curtis Mayfield) and they have an almost winsome appeal.
Electric bass and drums gel on this analogue recording achieving the spontaneous feel the musicians sought when they opted to take the direct route.
Jeremy Platt Jazz Soul Moment - Sometimes Saying Your Name will be released on November 24 by Without Understanding.
They can also be heard at The Globe - the Jazz Co-op HQ - Railway St., Newcastle on December 13.
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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