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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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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

CD Review: Michael Dees - The Dream I Dreamed

(Review by Debra M.)
Michael Dees is a vocalist steeped in the tradition of the Great American Songbook, with a lifetime’s experience singing on TV and film soundtracks, as well as of live performance.  His voice may not be instantly recognisable like those of Tony Bennett, Matt Monroe or Frank Sinatra, but you've almost certainly heard him before.   
After decades recording other songwriters’ material, & composing & producing  commercial ‘jingles’, he has  finally got round to recording this album of 14 original songs.
Unapologetically sticking with the genre, & clearly inspired by it, the CD contains a selection of well written swinging tunes and thoughtful ballads.  The opening track is the sprightly, up-tempo  ‘In A Moment’ , but the highlight is ‘I Miss You’,  a heartfelt and beautifully penned ballad, with an immaculate understated  delivery, worthy of inclusion in the GAS book  Dees  so greatly admires.
The album features a band of extensively experienced West Coast musicians, with arrangements featuring the classic piano trio at the core, augmented by sympathetic horns, which are particularly sumptuous in ballads such as ‘Every Time You Touch Me’. 
The collection is definitely worth a listen for fans of the afore mentioned mature, male jazz vocalists, and for those young pretenders seeking to master the craft.
Available today - more details and samples.
Debra M.
Michael Dees – vocals; Terry Trotter – piano; Chuck Berghofer – bass; Steve Schaeffer – drums; Steve Huffsteter – trumpet & flugelhorn; Chuck Manning – tenor sax; Sal Marquez – trumpet;  Bob Shepperd – tenor sax & clarinet; Doug Webb – tenor sax; Don Williams – percussion.

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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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