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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.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

CD Review: Misha Mullov-Abbado - New Ansonia

Misha Mullov-Abbado (db bs.); Matthew Herd (alt); Tom Green (tmb); Jacob Collier (pno); Scott Chapman (dms) + James Davison (tpt/flug - 2 tks); Nick Goodwin (gtr - 2 tks); Viktoria Mullova (vln - 1 tk); Matthew Barley (cello - 1 tk).
(Review by Lance).
At first glance I suspected that I would be passing this one on to some of our outfielders. However, upon listening, it became obvious that I couldn't have been more wrong!
Mullov-Abbado, son of an Italian conductor and a Russian violinist, merges his classical upbringing with an eastern ethnic feel and a very much contemporary jazz approach, The writing brings to mind such disparate composers as Ellington; Gil Evans and Charles Mingus. The latter is very much in evidence, not only as the late bassist was, but as he might have been were he still with us.
Tom Green has become a familiar name to me and he epitomises the the way a trombone should sound in such a setting. Herd has that Shafi Hadi approach and I'm sure that, in a different era and in a different place, he'd have been one of Mingus' first callers. Leader/bassist Mullov-Abbado, winner of the 2014 Kenny Wheeler Award (he also picked up a Dankworth Prize for jazz composition that same year), composed all but one of the compositions and impressed on bass. The piece, Heal Me On This Cloudy Day was composed for his father's funeral.
Claudio Abbado would have been justifiably proud.
Lance.
Misha Mullov-Abbado - New Ansonia will be released by Edition Records on August 28.

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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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