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Bebop Spoken There

Michael Feinstein: “Fred Astaire is my favorite singer. To me, he was the perfect interpreter of American popular song.” – (Jazz Times December 2014).

Bud Shank: “Once I saw California – that was it, I stayed.” – (Jazz Journal May 1991)

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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.

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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