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Alan Luff: “The general view is that Ella’s songbook recordings are the supreme exemplars of sophistication, fine diction and creative voice in the wide field of popular music.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

Steve Voce: “Most of us have been crashed into by cretins who walk along the road absorbed in the screens of their mobile phones.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

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Bebop Spoken Here is currently listed at number 22 in the WORLD JAZZ BLOG Rankings!

Today Thursday May 25

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone, Newcastle (ish) NE27 0DA. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Strictly Smokin' Big Band - Millstone, Haddricks Mill Rd., South Gosforth NE3 3DB. 7pm. Free.
Maine St. Jazzmen - Potters Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. 8:30pm. 0191 4888068.
Dulcie May Moreno - Bar Loco, Leazes Park Rd., Newcastle NE1 4PG. 8pm? Free? 0191 2325871 to confirm times etc.
Ray Johnson/Richard Herdman - Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5.
Babmus - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £3/£2 (students/MU).
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Doo Wop Dollies - Queen's Hall, Beaumont St., Hexham NE46 3LS. 8pm. £10. 01434 652477.
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Tees Hot Club w. Richie Emmerson (tenor); Kevin Eland (trumpet); Ted Pearce (keys); Mark Hawkins (drums) - Dorman's, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - The Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees. 8:30pm.
Pocket Jazz Orchestra - Ship, Church Lane, Redmarshall, Stockton TS21 1EP. Free. 8:00PM.
Paul Skerritt Band - Pennyweight, Bakehouse Hill, Darlington DL1 5QA. 7pm. £25 (3 course meal inc.)
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, August 24, 2015

CD Review: Shatner’s Bassoon – The Self Titled Album Shansa Barsnaan

Oliver Dover (alto, tenor & baritone saxophones, bass clarinet, trumpophone, vocals), Craig Scott (guitar), Johnny Richards (keyboards, organ & prepared piano), Michael Bardon (electric bass), Andrew Lisle (drums & percussion) & Joost Hendrickx (drums, samples, percussion, live electronics)
(Review by Russell)
Shansa Barsnaan: a four year old child’s honest attempt to pronounce the band’s name? A band member’s attempt to pronounce the band’s name having had a particularly good session down the pub? The Self Titled Album cannot be other than an in-joke, arising out of who knows where or what? Shatner’s Bassoon, for all the hip tomfoolery, is one hell of a band. Their new CD – The Self Titled Album Shansa Barsnann – will, likely as not, fail to register with dyed-in-the-wool jazzers. For those prepared to listen, read on.
Shatner’s Bassoon live is an amazing experience. Their live visual element complements the brilliance of the musicianship. The album, recorded at ATA (All Things Analogue) in Leeds, captures and conveys the visceral energy generated at a gig. The irony isn’t lost in the album’s incorporation of samples and ‘live electronics’ at a studio called, of all things …All Things Analogue. Thirteen tracks composed by the band, or individual members of it, the titles amuse/bemuse in equal measure: Bruce Lawn and Fringe in My Eyes, Thighs in Disguise are two such examples. Press release linear [sic] notes add to the mirth: Mitch Fargone’s Walk to School - The most perfectly distilled musical statement ever committed to tape. The track is ‘distilled’ to seven seconds in length! Inspector Fargone - Stake out at the docks, has far gone too far this time? Funny, ha ha!
The linear development of the compositions is something to behold. John Zorn jump cut, Zappa irreverence, the sextet’s collective precision is nothing short of magnificent. Leeds – based Chris Sharkey rehearsed to the nth degree with Trio VD band mates to pull off an impressive live show and Shatner’s Bassoon are following in their wake. The penultimate track – Boghead (Wasp Speed) – on the soon-to-be-released Shansa Barsnann CD places the band on the ‘must see’ list. Tour dates will be announced in due course. The band will be on home turf at Wharf Chambers, Leeds on Tuesday 22 September. Shansa Barsnann will be released the following day. A catalogue number has yet to be issued.
Q: Why do you want to climb Mt Everest?
A: Because it is there.
Q: Why do Shatner’s Bassoon play as they do?
A: Because they can.   
Russell.

              

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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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