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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 Tuesday July 25

Evening
Misha Mullov-Abbado Sextet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane NE25 5DW. 8pm. £10 & £8. JNE gig.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
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Maine Street Jazzmen - Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond Ave., Newcastle NE2 3EX. 8:30pm. £5.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

CD Review: Bruno Heinen & Kristian Borring - Postcard to Bill Evans.

Bruno Heinen (pno); Kristian Borring (gtr).
(Review by Lance).
What a delight! A choice selection of Evans' classic compositions, a standard and an original by Heinen which is also the title track. Postcard to Bill Evans is arguably the best track on the CD although that is a very subjective and ephemeral judgement as, each time I play the album another one gets its nose in front!
Apart from the title track and All the Things You Are, the other eight pieces are pretty well known items from the Bill Evans songbook reminding us just how talented he was, not just as a pianist but also as a composer. Heinen is deeply into Evans without losing his own identity and fully deserving of accolades from such as The Guardian's John Fordham - "the kind of erudite and curious new arrival destined to make a real difference".
Danish guitarist Borring is with him all the way and the pairing often brings to mind the legendary sessions Evans did with Jim Hall.
Tracks: Time Remembered; Peri's Scope; 34 Skidoo; Interplay; Five; Epilogue/Some Other Time; Displacement; Postcard to Bill Evans; Show Type Tune; All the Things You Are
(live at The Vortex).
The album is launched on August 18 at Brilliant Corners, Dalston.
Other gigs:
Sept. 4: Constitution Pub, Camden.
Oct. 24: Firth Hall, Sheffield.
Nov. 14: LJF, The Vortex.
Jan. 22: Royal Festival Hall.
The latter gig is a 1pm start and is free. The others are a fiver apart from the launch which is free although a donation of £8 is suggested.
Bruno Heinen & Kristian Borring - Postcard to Bill Evans is to be released on Sept. 11, 2015 on Babel BDV 14131.
Listen 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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