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Bebop Spoken There

Miles Kington: "If the intake of alcohol fails to improve a jazz player's performance, why do jazz listeners think it improves their appreciation?" - (Jazz Express October 1982).

Barbara Jay: "My first gig was at the Astoria, Charing Cross Rd. It seemed like a den of iniquity to me. All the Soho girls were there and the gigolos with their old women paying them to dance..." - (Jazz UK May 2008.)

Archives.

Today Sunday February 26.

Afternoon.
Mark Williams (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
More Jam - Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free.
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Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
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Evening
Maine St. Jazzmen - Seaton Sluice Social Club, Collywell Bay Rd., Seaton Sluice NE26 4QZ. 8pm. £4.
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Shaun Henderson Band - Quakerhouse, Mechanics Yard, Darlington. 6pm. £5.
Jazz Jam - Empty Shop, 35c Framwellgate Bridge, Durham DH1 4SY. 7:30pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

CD Review: Kevin Bachelder/Jason Lee Bruns - Cherry Avenue

Kevin Bachelder (vcl/tpt); Ron Blake (tpt/flug); Jacques Voyemant (tmb); Kim Richmond (sop/alt/clt); Brandon Fields (ten); Daniel Szabo (pno); Angelo Metz (gtr); Edwin Livingstone (bs); Jason Lee Bruns (dms/leader).
(Review by Lance).
With so many albums winging their way across the pond it can be easy to overlook a gem or two, particular when, in many cases, the band/artist are not familiar names in the old world. Cherry Avenue is a case in point. 
Bachelder (b. 1972).  Active Stateside for the past 25 years, involved in projects with major artists as diverse as Wayne Shorter and David Bowie but yet to be caught on this writer's radar.
Bruns (b 1979), jazz drummer, Latin percussionist, arranger, producer and bandleader does have a tenuous UK connection - in 2011 he played drums with Liane Carroll at L.A.'s Catalina Jazz Club.
Bruns' drumming and tight arrangements provide the perfect setting for Bachelder's vocals. After Sinatra, and later Chet Baker, put their brand on I Fall in Love Too Easily it took a brave man to follow but,  Bachelder is nothing if not brave - he doesn't lose face.
Other tracks: My Romance; Autumn Leaves - some acceptable scatting to relieve the ennui of hearing 'The Dead Leaves' song once too often - Waters of March; Dear Prudence; a delightful version of Send in the Clowns; an equally appealing Like Someone in Love; It Didn't Workout That Way; Ain't No Sunshine and a kickass finale title track Cherry Avenue.
Excellent trumpet from Blake, trombone from Voyemant, clarinet by Richmond, tenor by Fields and, of course, driving drums by the co-leader.
Available now on the Panout Label 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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