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Bebop Spoken There

Piers Paul Read: "Bruce Reynolds and Biggs shared an interest in Sex, Jazz and Hemingway." - (The Train Robbers by Piers Paul Read, Coronet Books 1979.)

George Shearing: "Speaking about Johann Sebastian Bach I think he'd be a real jazzer if he were alive today. I mean any man who has two wives, twenty kids, gets kicked out of the church for being too harmonically radical and drinks beer can't be all wrong can he?" - (Crescendo March 1984.)

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Today Wednesday July 18

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8:00pm. £1.00.

Gala Big Band: BRASS for Sir Bobby - Durham Miners’ Hall, Flass Street, Durham DH1 4BE. 7:30pm. £10 Durham Brass Festival.

Reel Brass + Shake ‘Em Up Jazz Band - Front Street, Chester le Street, Co. Durham DH3. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Town centre street performance. Durham Brass Festival (Street Ceilidh).

Steve Glendinning & Debra Milne - Dun Cow, Brandling Village, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 4RS. 8pm. Free.

Big BRASS Bash - Timothy Hackworth Park, Shildon. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Durham Brass Festival.

Northern Monkey Brass Band - Timothy Hackworth Park, Central Parade, Shildon DL4 1DL. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Big BRASS Bash (Durham Brass Festival).

Community Hall New Orleans Band - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm £3.00.

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson Street, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

Tyne Valley Junior Jazz Ensemble + Tyne Valley Youth Big Band + Tyne Valley Big Band - Phoenix Club & Bar, Chisholm Place, Hexham NE46 1QL. 6:00pm. Donations.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, August 06, 2015

CD Review: Mason Razavi/Bennett Roth-Newell - After You

Mason Razavi (gtr); Bennett Roth-Newell (pno).
(Review by Lance).
The saying is that everything comes in threes so, if that is the case, then the next piano/guitar pairing is going to have to be something very special indeed.
Yesterday (the final track, as it happens, on this album!), I told myself, that nothing could top the Bruno Heinen/Kristian Borring - A Postcard to Bill Evans, and yet here today I find another duo batting in the same exclusive league!
You ever felt privileged?
Twice in two days!
I'm not going to pit one against the other - they are both beautiful albums. The Heinen/Borring is perhaps more ethereal (after all it is Bill Evans!) whilst Razavi/Roth-Newell hit a funkier groove. But man they are both great - one for listening to with that early morning Java/Earl Gray/bottle of broon the other for that late night cappuccino/g & t/ bottle of broon. - whatever, the music will make the liqueur obsolete! The tea or the coffee won't stand much of a chance either.
Razavi, currently residing in the Bay Area of San Francisco, studied at Berklee and is equally at home in the differing worlds of Rock/Pop/Classical Guitar and, as this album proves, Jazz. Roth-Newell also hangs out in the Bay Area and, like his co-pilot, is a cross genre musician - his cv includes a hip-hop album!
Roth-Newell composed 3 of the originals and Razavi 2. The others are Joyspring; Mercy, Mercy, Mercy and Yesterday.
Oh yes, I waffled on about threes so, perm any two from Paul Edis/Pete Gilligan.Dean Stockdale/James Harrison/Stu Collingwood/Alan Law/Jeremy McMurray and James Birkett/Roly Veitch/Bradley Johnston/Mark Williams/Giles Strong/Steve Glendinning/John Hedley and we will have the full circle of threes.
In the meantime, this disc will do very nicely thank you.
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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