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Bebop Spoken There

Buddy Rich: "You either swing a band or you don't swing a band - (Metronome April 1956).

Sinclair Traill: “Well I don't think he (Chet Baker) can sing either.” – (Jazz Journal August 1956).

Submissions for review

Whilst we appreciate the many emails, texts, messages and other communications we receive requesting album/gig reviews on BSH, regrettably, we are unable to reply to them all other than those we are able to answer with a positive response.
Similarly, CDs received by post will only be considered if accompanied by sufficient background material.
Finally, bear in mind that this is a jazz-based site when submitting your album.
Lance

Today Wednesday December 13

Afternoon

Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.

Brief Encounter - Vault, Hallgate, Hexham NE46 1XD. Tel: 01434 603884. 2:00pm. £7.50. advance. ‘’60’s Jazz’

Interim Recitals (Final Year Music Students) - Band Room, Music Studios, Assembly Lane, Newcastle University NE1 7RU. Inc. Harry Still (drums) 9:30am., Jimmy Jefford (saxophone) 11:15am. Free.

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Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.

Billy's Acoustic Blues - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free (weekly).

The Village Hall New Orleans Band - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.

Darlington Big Band - Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Sports & Social Club, Longfield Road, Darlington DL3 0HX. Tel: 01325 380401. 8:00pm. Free.

Swing Street - Pier Red, 27 Castlegate, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1LF. Tel: 01289 309168. 8:00pm. Free.

Improvisers' Workshop Ensemble - Great North Museum: Hancock, Barras Bridge, Newcastle NE2 4PT. 6-8pm. Free.

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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

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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