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Bebop Spoken There

Howard Riley: “When I started out playing jazz back in the late 50s, early 60s, if you wanted a gig you had to learn some standards.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Eric Harland: “I love swing and I’m always going to swing but I also know that you can take a hip-hop groove and improvise with that just like you would with a swing pattern.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Today Saturday April 29

Afternoon

Rick Laughlin Trio, Abbie Finn Quartet ao - Quakerhouse, Mechanics’ Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 01325 245052. 1:00-5:00pm. Free (donations).

Evening

Dave O’Higgins with Durham Alumni Big Band - Majestic Theatre, Bondgate, Darlington DL3 7JT. Support set by Durham County Youth Big Band (7:15pm). £12.00. (+ concs).

Late night jam session - Quakerhouse, Mechanics’ Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 01325 245052.10:30pm. Free.

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Ruby Turner - Alnwick Playhouse. 7:30pm. £21.00. & £20.00.

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Fever & Friends - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE333 3NG. 7:30pm. £12.00. 0191 454234.

Bradley Johnston (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.

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Thursday, April 02, 2015

CD Review: Ben Cox Band - This Waiting Game

Ben Cox (vcl); Jamie Safiruddin (keys/md);  Will Glaser (dms/perc); Flo Moore (bs); Adam Chatterton (tpt/flug/bkg vcl); Kirk Elhinney (gtr/bkg vcl); Claire Martin (vcl on Berkeley Square); Emily Dankworth ( vcl on Happy Madness).
As Tony Bennett famously once said, "All of a sudden you had to write your own songs, as if Jerome Kern and Porter weren't good enough anymore."
Not surprisingly, the Beatles' And I love Her and Nightingale Sang are (for me) the outstanding tracks on this CD. The addition of Claire Martin on the latter track lifts it but, with repeated listening, the originals by Salfiruddin come into their own so maybe me and Tony got it wrong - maybe!
Ben Cox is being acclaimed by such peers as Jamie Cullum, Ian Shaw and Lianne Carroll - and they know a thing or two when it comes to singing.
A very well produced and listenable album that should receive lots of plays on the Jazz FM/Smooth radio stations. It didn't, initially,  quite tick all my boxes.  Having said that, in fairness, there are moments when Cox's husky vocals struck a chord and maybe, with prolonged listening, it may grow on me.
Ignore the above! I've played it again - and again and it's well worth checking out!
You want the truth? I love it!
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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