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Bebop Spoken There

Jim Hall: "Won't play loud, can't play fast" - (From one of the great guitarist's business cards brought to our attention by Roly Veitch).

Joel Harrison: “It’s incredibly hard to play bebop on guitar, harder than on saxophone.” – (Jazz Times August 2015)

Sir Thomas Beecham: "Forget about the bars. Look at the phrases, please. Remember that bars are only the boxes in which the music is packed" - (Beecham Stories by Harold Atkins & Archie Newman. Robson Books, 1978).

Today Wednesday June 28

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café. 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £5/Students free - voluntary donation.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
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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 25, 2015

CD Review: Mette Juul - There is a Song

Mette Juul (vcl/gtr); Nikolaj Hess (pno); Ambrose Akinmusire (tpt); Rodney Green (dms); Joe Sanders (bs); Mike Moreno (el gtr).
(Review by Lance).
A New York based, Danish, singer/songwriter, Juul is one of those artists who creep up on you and grow upon you and, as you absorb the melodies and the intriguing lyrics, suddenly you're in love with a voice.
Baltimore
Billie's on the air tonight
A song in the mood of love
She is sending melodies of life
From the town she used to live.
Song For Dannie
You've changed the air I breathe.
Evening Song
Tonight could be
One of those night's we never will forget
And tomorrow might be in a one thousand years.
Berlin
There are echoes of songs in the air
Flying on the wings of Lilli Marleen (sic).
Just some of the lyrical gemstones delivered by Juul in a voice that projects gentle, laid back emotion.
Nothing twee or cute but words dealt straight from the heart as Shirley Horn used to do and with a voice that makes you want to book the next flight to Copenhagen which I don't advise as the lady is now a New Yorker!
Fellow Dane, Hess, is on piano and history may be re-written and say a dog was named after him.
Akinmusire provides the excitement that adds to the emotive content. A disc to relax to but not to sleep to - the words are so compelling.
From Universal Music Denmark.
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.
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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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