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Allison Neale: “It’s difficult if you play mainstream in the UK, it isn’t appreciated enough. The current scene seems to focus on musician-composers.” - (Jazz Journal April 2013).

Liam Noble: “I know some people think playing standards is old-fashioned but I love it.” – (Jazz Journal January 2016).

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Today Monday February 20

Afternoon.
Jazz in the Afternoon - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
Evening.
Holy Moly & The Crackers + Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra - The Cluny, Lime St., Newcastle. 7pm. £10.
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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

CD Review: Michael Oien - And Now

Michael Oien bs/comp); Matthew Stevens (gtrs); Nick Videen (alt); Jamie Reynolds (pno); Eric Doob (dms) + Travis Laplante (ten) on Mad to Live.)
(Review by Lance).
In The Early Autumn - nothing to do with Woody or Stan Getz - opens up this, at times, compelling album. Delicate, introspective, piano, bass and guitar explore the leader's composition. Imagine Bill Evans further down the line.
Skol brings in Videen on alto and gives Doob a chance to shine. Mad to Live sees the quintet augmented by Laplante on tenor. I'd have liked to have heard more from this line-up, both horns bring a post modern feel to the composition.
Ask Anyone has Oien heavily featured and he proves himself  to be everything a Berklee graduate should be ten years on. By which I mean, creative, in command of his instrument and able to swing in a contemporary setting, it's true - ask anyone!
Smile This Mile is described as "quietly passionate" and who's to argue? Alto and piano say their piece gently underlined by the others.
Dreamer, a 13 minute three parter, opens with Videen creating a mood that befits the title of the mini-suite. Floating, drifting perhaps musing of the dawn, the musicians gradually take off following the sometimes bizarre patterns that dreams take, Reynolds flitting in and out, Doob building the tension, Oien omnipresent, guiding them to the normality of the morning light.
All My Trials, the only non original - it's a traditional American folksong - paradoxically is all bass proving, should anyone have doubts (!), just how meaningful a bassist he is.
And Now, the end isn't near, it's just the beginning!
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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