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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 Wednesday April 26

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

CD Review: Hansu-Tori - An Improvised Escape.


David Austin Grey (keys); Eliza Shaddad (vcls);  Sam Wooster (tpt); Chris Young/Adam Jackson (alt); Nick Rundle (ten); Nick Jurd (bs); Jim Bashford (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Russell reported on DAG's gig at the Cluny in 2013 with the Greyish Quartet which was basically the root line-up here minus Shaddad, Wooster, Jackson and Rundle.
Russell was enthusiastic then just as I am now.
The compositions - all penned, lyrics and music, by Brummie based Grey - go a long way towards tempering my antipathy towards original compositions!
They have form and the improv is related, not just to the harmonic base but to the meanings of the titles.
Shaddad's voice on A Perfect Sea of Green and Blue encapsulates the emotions of falling in and out of love, and of a person falling under the spell of a girl with remarkably beautiful eyes. She nails it - the eyes have always had it for me too!
That is but the opening track, for the rest the musicians paint on the canvas provided by the composer.
Life Goes to a Plan Infrequently is based on the harmonic foundation of I Fall in Love Too Easily and is a sensitive and emotional piece in its own right with this Wooster having Grey as his Jeeves!
Shaddad returns for The Town Behind the Lights - a dreamlike memory of a beautiful coastal town punctuated by an intense blast by Rundle.
Aranami (Crashing Waves) is a seascape (a seascape in Birmingham?). Equally paradoxical is Resident Seagulls - an ode to Birmingham's (very noisy) seagull population. Them damn gulls get everywhere!
Other inspirations include more birds such as kestrels. and ravens, jazzmen Soweto Kinch, Abdullah Ibrahim and Hugh Masekela, and martial art guys Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan.
An eclectic mix that works through the strength of the compositions and the creativity of the soloists.
My initial copy was lost in the post - thank God this one wasn't - it's a gem!
Lance.
PS: Cormack Loane, if any of these guys passed through your portals you must be mighty proud!

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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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