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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.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

2GB Flash Drive review: Peter Sparacino - The Straphanger's Playlist

Peter Sparacino (saxes); Jay Jennings (tpt/flug); Aki Ishiguro (gtr); Isamu McGregor (keys); Panagiotis Andreou (bs); Mauricio Zotarelli (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Let me first explain the technology and the reasoning behind this new format - better still, maybe someone can explain it to me!
By and large, this is the latest innovation that began with the cylinder and moved through shellac, vinyl, cassette, CD, mini disc and MP3 to this - the Flash Drive!
The idea, as I grasp it is, you stick the drive into a USB port, save it, then use the Flash Drive for other purposes like storing images of your grannies funeral or your best mates wedding - whatever.
The claim is that the reproduction is far superior to that of CD and I must confess that even on my lo-fi PC speakers it sounds good. Whether it will be commercially viable we shall have to wait and see. 
However, of more concern to me is the music which would sound good even if it was on old scratchy 78s.
Think Loose Tubes, Beats and Pieces, Snarky Puppy - there is that sort of looseness about it - indeed Jay Jennings includes Snarky Puppy on his CV.
It's a sextet - don't be fooled into thinking it's a much larger ensemble Sparacino cheats (sorry overdubs) all 5 sax parts. There's also string passages that come from who knows where but are, nevertheless most effective.
As a sax player - he plays sop/alt/ten/bari - Sparacino is a contender. Likewise Jennings who brings that Snarky feel into his solos. Ishiguro plucks and pedals as the piece demands being either cool and laid back or hitting the rock face full on. Isamu McGregor, Panagiotis Andreou and Mauricio Zotarelli are contemporary solid which means they are not solid but perfect for the grooves that emerge.
The music will live - not sure about the format!
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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