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Bebop Spoken There

John Tynan: "Go ahead, call me reactionary. I happen to object to the musical nonsense being peddled in the name of jazz by John Coltrane and his acolyte Eric Dolphy." - (Downbeat November 22, 1961).

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McCoy Tyner: "If anyone want to know how the three of us - Elvin, Jimmy and me - felt about John [Coltrane], listen to the music and you can hear the love and respect we had for each other. The music can really speak more than any of us." - (Melody Maker, August 19, 1967).
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Today Tuesday April 25

Evening
Playtime Collective w. Martin Kershaw (alto); Graeme Stephen (guitar); Mario Caribe (bass); Tom Bancroft (drums). - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £10/£8 (conc.). JNE/Schmazz.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond Ave. Newcastle NE2 3EX. £5. 8:30pm.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
Lickety Split - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham. 9:00pm. Free (bucket collection).
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Saturday, March 14, 2015

CD Review: Benny Sharoni - Slant Signature

Benny Sharoni (ten); Jim Rotondi (tpt); Joe Barbato (pno); Mike Mele (gtr); Todd Baker (bs); Steve Langone (dms).
(Review by Lance)
Another absolute dream of an album from across the pond - Boston to be precise. Because of Berklee College, Boston could be said to be the breeding ground of jazz today just as New Orleans was at the turn of the century although, in actual fact, Sharoni only hung around the college for one semester - too free spirited, he said, to thrive while there.
This/these guy(s) deserve to be internationally renowned but, sadly, without sites such as this and others around the world, the chances are probably slight.
Sharoni has a Rollins' sound, albeit not quite as abrasive, that enables him to wander back and forward in time. It's bebop for today and it swings enough to repel any boarders from "The Outside".
Think Blue Note - it's no coincidence that, among Sharoni's originals are Freddie Hubbard's Down Under; Leo Morgan's Ceora (sumptuous, like strawberries and cream on a summer's day) and Ray Bryant's Tonk a number that launches Rotondi into a solo that hits the button without losing its lyricism. Needless to say Barbato and Sharoni are in there pitching.
Listening to the originals, and they really are originals, makes me wonder why they aren't playing festivals and clubs all over the world!
My worthy constituent Russell informs me that The Bodega, a bar  in Newcastle, serves the finest pint of Prince Bishop Ale in town. By coincidence, one of Sharoni's compositions is titled The Bodega! and, take it from me that if the beer is as good as this track, then it will indeed be Nectar +!
Lance.
As a matter of interest - particularly to sax players - the title of the CD Slant Signature relates to a much sort after Otto Link hard rubber mouthpiece from the 1940s which, if you can find one, might set you back a $1000. Sharoni got one for 10 bucks off a street vendor on Cape Cod!

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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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