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Miles Kington: "If the intake of alcohol fails to improve a jazz player's performance, why do jazz listeners think it improves their appreciation?" - (Jazz Express October 1982).

Barbara Jay: "My first gig was at the Astoria, Charing Cross Rd. It seemed like a den of iniquity to me. All the Soho girls were there and the gigolos with their old women paying them to dance..." - (Jazz UK May 2008.)

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Today Tuesday February 28

Bill Laurence Group - Sage Gateshead. 8pm. £17.40.
Alex Munk's Flying Machines - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £10/£8. JNE/Schmazz gig.
Maine St. Jazzmen - Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond Ave., Newcastle NE2 3EX. 8:30pm. £5.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
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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.
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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.)
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