Total Pageviews

Number 22 in World Jazz Blog Rankings

Number 22 in World Jazz Blog Rankings

Bebop Spoken There

Alan Luff: “The general view is that Ella’s songbook recordings are the supreme exemplars of sophistication, fine diction and creative voice in the wide field of popular music.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

Steve Voce: “Most of us have been crashed into by cretins who walk along the road absorbed in the screens of their mobile phones.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

Today Monday May 22

Afternoon.
Jazz in the Afternoon - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
-----
Evening.
?????
-----
To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, November 10, 2014

CD Review: Leo Appleyard – Pembroke Road

Leo Appleyard (guitar), Duncan Eagles (tenor sax), Neil Yates (trumpet/flugelhorn), Max Luthert (bass), Eric Ford (drums/percussion).
(Review by Hugh C).
Pembroke Road is the début album by twenty-five year old London-based guitarist Leo Appleyard. The album is a testament to the strength of enduring musical relationships. Appleyard states: “I have played in bands with Duncan Eagles and Max Luthert for more of my life than I haven't”.
These musicians have well-honed habits of working together and loose tempos, rapid transitions of mood and tricky time signatures become as natural as breathing. Leo Appleyard is marked out as a musician by his deep understanding and care about sound. He was given his first mixing desk at the age of fourteen – just a year and a half after he started the guitar and he has been working as a sound engineer professionally since the age of 17. This experience enables him to integrate electronic effects into his sound, but at the same time fully exploit the resonances of the hollow-bodied guitar he invariably uses.
There are nine tracks on the album – coming in at just over 52 minutes in total. The Homeless Wizard is named after one of Appleyard's friends (not in the band) and features drummer/percussionist Eric Ford. Wales-based Neil Yard (trumpet/flugelhorn) guests on the album on three tracks, including the second, Mass. This has a deliberate filmic quality and in places has a folky feel, reflecting Yates' talent in that genre. The Cleaver features the paired lyrical tones of Yates' trumpet and Eagles' sax. Anywhere South started as an exercise on Coltrane's 'Giant Steps' and has contrasting sections of fast and energetic forward motion and repose. Mantra contains some of the most atmospheric material on the album and incorporates different styles – a blues element, a Bach chorale and a modal vamp. Appleyard's musical mantra is to combine different elements, forging them into one.
The album was recorded in StudioOwz in the middle of rural Pembrokeshire. The studio was set up by a friend of Appleyard's and the sense of space and isolation, together with the rural surroundings, captured Appleyard's imagination. The title track Pembroke Road (sixth on the album) was actually composed after a visit to the studio (accessed by a dusty off-the-grid track) by Appleyard five years before he returned with the other musicians and eight more compositions. Intro to a Waltz features a sombre bass solo from Max Luthert before the revelation of the happy tune in Walsio. The final track I Remember is a different take by Appleyard on a standard by Victor Schertzinger.
This album comes with the imprimatur of the F-IRE label, which to the older jazzer can have slightly scary connotations! There is however nothing scary about this album. It is beautifully melodic throughout and elegantly demonstrates the musicianship of all participants. The sensitive interplay of the five musicians on the album is a delight.
Pembroke Road is released on Monday November 10 (Today).
CD Launch Gig: November 16 (12am), EFG London Jazz Festival, Pizza Express, Dean Street
Pembroke Road is on the F-IRE Label No. F-IRE CD75
Currently listed tour dates feature nowhere North of Birmingham.
Hugh.

No comments :

Post a Comment

Blog Archive

About this blog - contact details.

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.

Subscribe!