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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 Wednesday May 24

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.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £5.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

CD Review: Paul Jones - Short History.

Paul Jones (ten); Alex LoRe (alt); Sullivan  Fortner (pno); Matt Davis (gtr); Johannes Felscher (bs); Jimmy MacBride (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Not to be confused with the legendary British bluesman or the old-tyme party dance, this Paul Jones is a New York based saxophonist who plays two nights at Ronnie Scott's next week (Feb.18/19) with the Tim Thornton Quartet. On the strength of this, his début  album, I'd suggest that anyone who lives  within the sound of Bow bells (and beyond) get themselves along to Frith St. - particularly if they have a leaning towards gutsy modern tenor playing.
Eight tracks of mainly original compositions by the leader, the exceptions being I Could Write a Book and Victor Lewis' Hey, it's me You're Talking to, played by five musicians who display a rare empathy both in arranged and improvised passages. At times the intensity builds to near boiling point whilst at other times it relaxes in a meandering sort of way without losing the plot.
If the late lamented proprietor of Ronnie's is looking down from that betting shop in the sky next week he will be delighted to note that the present management is reviving the tradition that he started over 50 years ago when Zoot Sims played at the club - that of presenting top American tenor players.
Paul Jones lives up to that tradition as well as absorbing more recent developments along the way (he's still only 31).
Not that this is a one man show. LoRe is an alto player to reckon with, Fortner and Davis are excellent soloists, MacBride has the drive needed in a group like this and Felscher is a top drawer bassman.
An album to check out.Currently available on Blujazz BL3418.
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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