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Howard Riley: “When I started out playing jazz back in the late 50s, early 60s, if you wanted a gig you had to learn some standards.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Eric Harland: “I love swing and I’m always going to swing but I also know that you can take a hip-hop groove and improvise with that just like you would with a swing pattern.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Today Wednesday April 26

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.
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Thursday, June 04, 2015

CD Review: Terell Stafford - Brotherlee Love.

Terell Stafford (tpt); Tim Warfield (ten); Bruce Barth (pno); Peter Washington (bs); Dana Hall (dms).
(Review by Lance).
I know that June is but yet in its infancy and no doubt there are many more CDs winging their way to BSH HQ but I'll be amazed if any one of them comes within shouting distance of this celebration of Lee Morgan - one of jazz's many cause célèbres. 
Terell Stafford is perfectly equipped to step into Morgan's shoes blowing with the same panache and assurance of the role model albeit with his own slant on the music.
"When you hear these songs where a bar has been set so high, you better just be yourself." So says Stafford and he loses nothing by doing just that.
Ably abetted in the frontline by Warfield who displays all the qualities required in this situation, ie lyricism and gutsy virility, plus telling contributions by Barth; Washington and Hall, Stafford ensures that the music of the era lives on today.
If I use the old expression Cooking  with Gas I can guarantee it will never be more apt - this is Cooking with the most capital of Cs!
Seven of the nine tracks are compositions by Morgan: Hocus Pocus; Mr Kenyatta; Petty Larceny; Yes I Can, No You Can't; Stop Start; Carolyn (lyricism personified) and Speedball.
Stafford provided Favor and the old standard Candy was given a delicate muted treatment.
Terell Stafford - Brotherlee Love will be available on Capri Records from June 16.
The band are playing the Village Vanguard until June 7 if you happen to be in NYC.
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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