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Bebop Spoken There

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 Sunday February 26.

Afternoon.
Mark Williams (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
More Jam - Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free.
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Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
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Evening
Maine St. Jazzmen - Seaton Sluice Social Club, Collywell Bay Rd., Seaton Sluice NE26 4QZ. 8pm. £4.
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Shaun Henderson Band - Quakerhouse, Mechanics Yard, Darlington. 6pm. £5.
Jazz Jam - Empty Shop, 35c Framwellgate Bridge, Durham DH1 4SY. 7:30pm. Free.
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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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