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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 Tuesday February 21

Jam Session - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. Free.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

CD Review: Kenny Carr - Idle Talk.

Kenny Carr (gtr); Donny McCaslin (ten); Kenny Wollesen (dms); Hans Glawischnig (bs).
(Review by Lance).
Kenny Carr spent ten years touring with Ray Charles, a span that only ended with the death of the blues maestro. McCaslin - feature article in this month's Downbeat - paid his dues at Berklee, with Gary Burton, stepped into Michael Brecker shoes in a reformed Steps Ahead before landing in the Maria Schneider Orchestra.

Wollesen and Glawischnig have their own CVs too. Wollesen with John Zorn, Bill Frisell and just about every other name in Local 802; Glawischnig came a long way from Austria but he hasn't far to go, already in the NYC upper A lists - a first caller in a city that's overrun with first callers!
Bearing in mind the above, it seems almost an afterthought to say that this is one tremendous album.
With the above ingredients what could go wrong?
Nothing!
Sax players check out McCaslin, guitarists, lend an ear to Carr, Jazzers, check out the album - this is as good as it gets.
A couple of great titles too - Anthrozoology (bop for today) and Blues Coffee (cool groove)!
If I hadn't decided that there is just too much fantastic jazz around both live and on record this would have been in there pitching for the Petersons (our equivalent of the Oscars) but, as it is, a surfeit of riches makes judgements such as this impossible - now if God were a jazz fan... 
Kenny Carr - Idle Talk now available from the usual suspects.
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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