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Bebop Spoken There

Michael Feinstein: “Fred Astaire is my favorite singer. To me, he was the perfect interpreter of American popular song.” – (Jazz Times December 2014).

Bud Shank: “Once I saw California – that was it, I stayed.” – (Jazz Journal May 1991)

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Today Thursday February 23

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone, Newcastle (ish) NE27 0DA. 1pm. Free.
Evening.
Maine St. Jazzmen - Potters Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. 8:30pm. 0191 4888068.
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Strictly Smokin' Big Band - Millstone, Haddricks Mill Rd., South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3DB 7pm.
Indigo Jazz Voices - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. Free.
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Tees Hot Club w. Gus Smith (vocals); Richie Emmerson (tenor); Bruce Taylor (keys) - Dorman's, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge Hotel, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees. 8:30pm.
Pocket Jazz Orchestra - The Ship, Church Lane, Redmarshall TS21 1EP. 8pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, April 24, 2015

CD Review: Fulvio Sigurta - The Oldest Living Thing

Fulvio Sigurta (tpt/flug); Steve Swallow (el. bs); Federico Casagrande (gtr).
(Review by Lance).
If your jazz persuasion runs along the "Wham, Bang, Thank You, Ma'am" lines then this album is not for you.
However, if you've found a space in your heart for the lyricism of Chet, Miles, or/and Chris Botti then they'll have to move over to make space for Italian horn man Sigurta.
As cool and as laid back as his Stateside forebears,  Sigurta's sound is as refreshing as the taste  of a Negroni cocktail on an Italian summer's day.
No bravura flourishes, just meaningful phrases that  convey so much more than sheer displays of technical virtuosity. This is music from the heart. Had Bix been around today he may well have sounded like this.
Behind and alongside are Swallow and Casagrande both as cool as the leader. Swallow - a jazz legend - Casagrande. surely soon to be one. Together they support and complement Sigurta on a disc that will appeal to anyone with a leaning towards the lyrical.
Some might call it "Easy Listening" and it most certainly is but it's Easy Listening with Attitude and that makes a difference!
Lance.
Fulvio Sigurta - The Oldest Living Thing is released on May 4 on Camjazz CAMJ7886-2 and launched at Vortex on May 5.

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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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