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Bebop Spoken There

Ernie Wilkins: “If you don't look at the liner notes, you don't know who in the hell it is. Everybody sounds alike, that same million-note approach. Faceless.” – (Crescendo November 1975).

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Ben Williams: “A lot of jazz today has developed this allergy to simplicity. ‘If it’s simple, that means it’s not hip’ is a theme. But sometimes the simplest thing you can do is the hippest thing you can do.” – (Down Beat August 2015).

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Today Wednesday March 22

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.
Paul Skerritt Band - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
John Harle and Steve Lodder - Royal Grammar School, Eskdale Tce., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 4DX. 7pm. £20 & £10. 60th birthday tour for RGS alumnus Harl.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £4.
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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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