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Miles Kington: "If the intake of alcohol fails to improve a jazz player's performance, why do jazz listeners think it improves their appreciation?" - (Jazz Express October 1982).

Barbara Jay: "My first gig was at the Astoria, Charing Cross Rd. It seemed like a den of iniquity to me. All the Soho girls were there and the gigolos with their old women paying them to dance..." - (Jazz UK May 2008.)

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Today Tuesday February 28

Bill Laurence Group - Sage Gateshead. 8pm. £17.40.
Alex Munk's Flying Machines - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £10/£8. JNE/Schmazz gig.
Maine St. Jazzmen - Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond Ave., Newcastle NE2 3EX. 8:30pm. £5.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
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Saturday, January 03, 2015

CD Review: Tomoko Omura - Roots

Tomoko Omura (vln/voice); Will Graefe (gtr); Glenn Zaleski (pno/keys); Noah Garabedian (bs); Colin Stranahan (dms).
(Review by Lance.).
Described as "One of the most important...jazz albums produced by a violinist in recent history" - a description by fellow violinist Christian Howes that sets the bar at a very high level - Roots is an album well worth checking out and whilst I might be tempted to temper that assessment it's certainly one of the more unusual albums comprising, as it does, songs that are Japanese standards which, says Omura, everyone in Japan from child to adult can sing by heart. These include two takes of the Japanese National Anthem composed in 1888 by Hiromori Hayashi.
There is a folksy element about many of the songs and not just Japanese - at times I was reminded of Celtic reels!
Omura is certainly a talented and creative musician and when she adds her voice it brings a winsome appeal to the proceedings. Back in 2005, her sophomore year, she was awarded Berklee's prestigious Roy Haynes Award; an award given to one student for "exceptional improvisational skills". Omura has those in abundance! Her swooping lines and emotive outpourings are contemporary without losing the sense of tradition inherent in both Japanese folk and Western jazz - in other words she can swing! 
Her band mates are no slouches either with Graefe and Zaleski powerful voices in their own right and, along with Garabedian and Stranahan. solid in support of this amazing young lady from Shizuoka.
Official release is on January 30 on the Inner circle Label More details.
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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