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Bebop Spoken There

Michael Feinstein: “Fred Astaire is my favorite singer. To me, he was the perfect interpreter of American popular song.” – (Jazz Times December 2014).

Bud Shank: “Once I saw California – that was it, I stayed.” – (Jazz Journal May 1991)

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Friday February 24

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Monkseaton Arms, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Sue Ferris Trio - Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1pm. £5.
Hand to Mouth - (Lindsay Hannon/Bradley Johnston) - Lit & Phil, 23 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SE. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Mo Scott Band - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm. £7/£5 (in advance).
Taupe - Head of Steam, Neville St., Newcastle. 8pm. CD launch.
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Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7:00pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

CD Review: Maurizio Minardi - Piano Ambulance.

Maurizio Minardi (pno); Nick Pini (bs); Shirley Smart (cello); Jason Reeve (dms).
(Review by Lance).
I'm not sure what a "Piano Ambulance" is. Is it a furniture van that takes ailing pianos to the knackers yard? (If so, Jazz Café take note.) Maybe it's a mobile piano repair unit (If so, Jazz Café take note.) 
The album booklet isn't too clear on this either.
However, I'm pleased to say that this is one journey by ambulance you are unlikely to regret. That is, not if you like a mix of contemporary jazz piano with some post Bach classical elements.. Hints of Loussier, maybe a little Jarrett  posturing and some wonderfully integrated ensemble playing.
The addition of cello adds much warmth and I often wonder why cellos and violas aren't more frequently used in mainstream(ish) situations? Both have so much more to offer tone-wise than solo violins - possibly a lack of tutors capable of nudging the students towards the mean streets or maybe it's the fact that the student's choice of instrument indicates that he/she wouldn't be seen at "Ronnie's" 'cept perhaps on a jolly! Interesting to hear views on cellos/violas/oboes/bassoons place in jazz.
Getting back to the disc I'm listening to, it's interesting and, at times, compelling. Compelling enough for me to put a few dates in my diary.
February 2, 2015 - Release date.
February 16, 2015 - Launch at Vortex, London.
March 5, 2015 - Queens Hall Arts Centre Hexham.
The Hexham gig comes 'twixt dates at Hull and Corsham (Wiltshire) and serves to remind us just how active Hazel and her team are out there working to provide accessible jazz in the mid west of our region.
Long may their efforts be rewarded.
Maurizio Minardi - Piano Ambulance. (Belfagor MM12).
Lance.
PS: Minardi is one helluva fine pianist!

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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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