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Bebop Spoken There

John Tynan: "Go ahead, call me reactionary. I happen to object to the musical nonsense being peddled in the name of jazz by John Coltrane and his acolyte Eric Dolphy." - (Downbeat November 22, 1961).

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McCoy Tyner: "If anyone want to know how the three of us - Elvin, Jimmy and me - felt about John [Coltrane], listen to the music and you can hear the love and respect we had for each other. The music can really speak more than any of us." - (Melody Maker, August 19, 1967).
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Today Tuesday April 25

Evening
Playtime Collective w. Martin Kershaw (alto); Graeme Stephen (guitar); Mario Caribe (bass); Tom Bancroft (drums). - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £10/£8 (conc.). JNE/Schmazz.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond Ave. Newcastle NE2 3EX. £5. 8:30pm.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
Lickety Split - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham. 9:00pm. Free (bucket collection).
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

CD Review: Nick Finzer - The Chase

Nick Finzer (tmb); Lucas Pino (ten/clt); Alex Wintz (gtr); Glenn Zaleski (pno); Dave Baron (bs); Jimmy MacBride (dms).
(Review by Lance).
A nice, easy contemporary album that doesn't seek to rewrite history nor to forecast the future. The rhythm section tells us we're firmly in the 21st century the horns, however, and to their credit, stick to the time honoured values so beloved of their predecessors. This is the perfect mix with Finzer taking the trombone up front rather than being in the, albeit boisterous, ingénue role it has often  been cast in the past.
And he's a worthy ambassador for the sliders; a rich tone, agility, some earthy plunger moments serve and the eleven compositions he composed and arranged for this enjoyable album serve
to rubber stamp Finzer's credentials.
Alongside, Pino is cucumber cool both on saxes and some explorative clarinet moments. Wintz, Zaleski, Baron and MacBride keep the boat afloat making this particular chase  a sextuple dead heat!
Listen/buy here.
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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