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Bebop Spoken There

Jackie McLean: “I can't understand British audiences. In Britain there doesn't seem to be any curiosity." (Melody Maker, April 1, 1961).

Charles Mingus: "It seems to me that if our records were not issued in Britain, the British cats would have to think for themselves" (Jazz News, July 26th 1961)

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Today Saturday July 22

Afternoon
SummerTyne Americana Festival 2017 - Sage Gateshead. Day two of three. Details. From 12 noon all day.
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Evening
Steve Glendinning (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
The Hookahs - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Big Chris Barber Band - Alnwick Playhouse. 7:30pm. £21.50/£20.50.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

CD Review: Drifter - Flow.

Alexi Tuomarila (pno); Nicolas Kummert (sax/vcl); Axel Gilain (bass/vcl); Teun Verrbruggen (dms).
(Review by Lance).
A quartet based in Belgium led by a Finnish pianist and an album that is aptly named - Flow! That indeed is what the music does flowing gently although not without an occasional burst of turbulence that threatens to turn the flow into a torrent. It never quite does which is part of the charm; taking you to the brink but staying within the bounds of sanity. 
Kummert has a rich, dry, Getzian sound - so pure I'm not quite certain whether he's playing tenor or alto! Either way it is just perfect for the 'flowing' moods. He also contributes some vocal chants along the way which blend well with the overall soundscape.
Tuomarila is equally inventive both as pianist, composer and arranger. Comparisions have been made with Keith Jarrett's European Quartet and they are valid in fact, upon reflection, I think these guys have edged it.
Tuomarila and Kummert may be co-leaders but Gilain and Verbruggen are no mere hitchhikers but bring their own voice to the party - in the case of Gilain, literally as, like Kummert, he too operates in the words dept. not just chanting but also writing a lyric for the pianists composition Nothing Ever Lasts. Axel composed one piece, Alexi four, Nicolas 3 and Sting's King of Pain was arranged by Alexi. Interesting how more and more of Sting's compositions are becoming part of the jazz canon.
Not a CD to annoy the neighbours with but maybe one to open up their minds!
Lance.
Available now on Edition Records EDN1059.

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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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