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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 Friday April 28

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Dean Stockdale Trio - Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Emma Fisk's Hot Club du Nord - St. Cuthbert's Centre, Church Hill, Crook DL15 9DN. 7:30pm.
Matt Roberts Sextet - Voodoo Café, Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 8pm. £6. 01325 467555. Darlington Jazz Festival.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7:00pm.
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Lazy River Jazz Band - Blenkinsopp Castle Inn, Nr. Greenhead CA8 7JS. 8pm. £5. Dancers welcome! 07721 375278 for more details.
To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, May 11, 2015

CD Review: Phil Robson - The Cut Off Point

Phil Robson (gtr); Ross Stanley (B3); Bart Calderazzo (dms).
(Review by Lance.)
21st century grooves - imagine going into a neighbourhood bar and hearing this live instead of the earsplitting garbage (or the Muzak) the bar staff decree is right for the pub.
That bar would be your lifetime local even if the beer was John Smith's!
I heard the trio live at Newcastle's Lit and Phil last year and was duly impressed and the beer was Wylam Brewery's finest bottled ale which wasn't a bad combination at all.
Seven of the eight tracks on The Cut Off Point are pieces composed and arranged by Robson whose skills in this field are on a par with his fine guitar playing. The odd track out, Dimi and the Blue Men is composed by Dave Liebman but arranged by Robson. A strange, probing track, that takes the trio into the unknown - possibly some unexplored musical galaxy - before making a circuitous return to Earth where a neo normality prevails and we realise our prayers for their safe return have been answered
Ross Stanley gets the authentic Hammond sound from the B3 and displays a degree of subtlety not usually associated with jazz organ players. As at the gig, I do miss the bass either via the pedalboard or by a fourth member although Stanley does sometimes apply left hand lines and eventually it no longer becomes an issue.
Calderazzo was outstanding at the gig and he is merely tremendous here. We are lucky to have him in the UK - indeed, all three are worthy of high office in the jazz parliament.
Lance.
Phil Robson - The Cut Off Point is available from May 18 on Whirlwind Recordings - WR4672.
Official launch is June 6 at London's Vortex Jazz Club.

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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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