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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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Tuesday, June 09, 2015

CD Review: Alan Benzie Trio - Traveller's Tales

Alan Benzie (pno/comp); Andrew Robb (bs); Marton Juhasz (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Not your usual piano trio album - far from it. If anything, it borders almost as much on contemporary classical music as it does jazz. Almost, but not quite. The improvisation is there, the touch delicate and probing - as becomes the 2007 Young Scottish Musician of the Year - painting a musical picture of  Benzie's travels be they in Scotland or Japan.
In some ways it is reminiscent of Keith Jarrett's recent solo album Creations although the addition of bass and drums here make it a much more accessible collection. 
The titles reflect the music to a T. Hazy Dawns; Old Haunts; A Wandering Mist; Midnight Café are just some of the more descriptive ones - at times I could almost smell the heather or taste the saki.
A Berklee graduate, and a recipient of the prestigious Billboard award at that famed seat of learning - the first Brit to do so - Benzie will also be remembered locally from his Schmazz gigs at the Cluny with the Patrick Kunka Quartet and the Leah Gough-Cooper Band. Here, he comes across as an inventive pianist and a creative composer devoid of cliches ably assisted by long time collaborators Robb and Juhasz.
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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