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Bebop Spoken There

Alan Luff: “The general view is that Ella’s songbook recordings are the supreme exemplars of sophistication, fine diction and creative voice in the wide field of popular music.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

Steve Voce: “Most of us have been crashed into by cretins who walk along the road absorbed in the screens of their mobile phones.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

Today Wednesday May 24

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £5.
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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

CD Review: Brian Landrus Trio - The Deep Below.

Brian Landrus (bar/bs sax/bs clt/bs fl); Lonnie Plaxico (bs); Billy Hart (dms).
(Review by Lance).
As the title and the above listing implies this is all about the bass. Not just the double bass, brilliantly played here  by Plaxico, but, in the main, Landrus' armory of lower pitched instruments.
Baritone sax on 6 tracks, bass clarinet on 5, bass flute on 2 and bass sax on 1. He excels on all although the bass saxophone seemed to pose the greatest challenge - he came through bloodied but unbowed.
On baritone Landrus is at his most dextrous, sailing unaccompanied through Giant Steps with Coltranic ease, albeit with scant attention to the melody, and, paying tribute to the first grandmaster of the baritone, Harry Carney, on Sophisticated Lady. On others he clearly demonstrates his individual approach such as the romantic feel to Sinatra's I'm a Fool to Want You - could it be interpreted any other way? With the exception of Giant Steps and The Age this is very much the intimate album Landrus sought to create. The clarinet and flute tracks are delicate and explorative with Plaxico adding to the darkness of the mood. Billy Hart - who wowed everyone at GIJF 2015 with The Cookers is more subdued here but adds greatly to the overall picture.
Landrus stands 6'7" - "Physically the instruments fit me" he says. Listening to this I'd say they were tailormade!
Available from June 16 on Blueland Records.
YouTube.
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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