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Bebop Spoken There

Ben Pollack: "The kind of people who go for the old style New Orleans jazz are the same kind of people who go in for collecting antiques." - (Down Beat May 5, 1950).

Flip Phillips: "I heard this band out in California. I think - Lu Waters, isn't it? They sure can march down the street but I wouldn't want to march with them!" - (Down Beat June 15, 1951).

Today Sunday June 25

Afternoon.
Joel Byrne McCullough (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
Mitch Laddie Band - Tyne Bar, Maling St., Newcastle. 3pm. Free.
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.
Somethin' Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 01325 788564. 5pm. Weekly.
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Tyne Valley Big Band - Herding Hill Farm, Shield Hill, Haltwhistle NE49 9NW. 2pm. Support from Tyne Valley Youth Jazz Ensemble. 01434 320175.
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Evening
Jake Steels Quintet - Quakerhouse, Mechanics' Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 6pm.
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Hokum Hotshots-- Billy Bootleggers - 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

CD Review: Ernesto Cervini - Turboprop.

Tara Davidson (alt/sop); Joehl Frahm (ten); William Carn (tmb); Adrean Farrugia (pno); Dan Loomis (bs); Ernesto Cervini (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Canadian drummer, Cervini, has assembled a Jazz Messengers' styled outfit that successfully incorporates the mood of what many consider to be the greatest modern jazz combo ever into a band for today.
Whilst retaining the almost unstoppable drive of Blakey's band Cervani, no lightweight behind the kit himself, has brought the music alive again for newer listeners with some superb originals of his own as well as reinventing Bird's Red Cross, Jarrett's The Windup and Claude's [Debussy] The Engulfed Cathedral - I doubt if the original Messengers would have got anywhere near this!
The horns blow in the hard bop tradition yet manage to respect Debussy on the latter number. If, at times, it may have been thought Debussy was turning in his grave, rest assured it was only so he could hear this gorgeous piece better.
Apart from being a fine drummer, composer and arranger, Cervani is very much a promoter of Canadian jazz and this CD is as good an example as you're going to hear of what is happening across the [North American] border today.
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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