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Bebop Spoken There

Mundell Lowe: “...we also had to play for a floor show, which consisted of girls dancing--some of 'em were dressed, some of 'em were not so dressed.” – (Crescendo September 1974).

Brew Moore: "I played so many strip joints I was 21 before I saw a naked woman from the front." - (Downbeat July 24, 1969).

Number 24

Bebop Spoken Here is currently listed at number 24 (-2) in the WORLD JAZZ BLOG Rankings!

Today Saturday June 24

Afternoon
Tyne Valley Big Band - Haydon Bridge Festival, Low Hall Park, Haydon Bridge NE47 6AE. £10. TVBB on at 5:15pm.
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Northern Monkey Brass Band - Orange Pip Market, Baker St., Middlesbrough. 5:15pm.
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Evening
Alan Law (solo piano) - Cherry Tree, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE22 2AE. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Koan 5, Renewal - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:45pm. £5 (£4 conc.).
Miles of Barbed Wire - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Revolutionaires + Jay Burt -Amphitheatre, Sea Rd., South Shields NE33 2LD. 7pm. Free.
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Nick Ross Orchestra - Consett Empire, Front St., Consett. 7:30pm.
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No Time For Jive - The Tannery, Gilesgate, Hexham NE46 3QD. 8pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

CD Review: David Patrick Octet - Igor Stravinsky, The Rite of Spring.

David Patrick (pno/orchestration); Sam Coombes (fl/sop/alt); Brian Molley (sop/alt/ten); Calum Robertson (Bb/Eb/bs clt); Tom MacNiven (tpt/flug); John Kenny (various tmbs); Andrew Robb (bs); Ole Seimetz (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Yon side of Hadrian's Wall the natives seem to have become embroiled in the time old game of 'Jazzin' the classics'. The SNJO's take on Rhapsody in Blue  and their subsequent re-working of Mozart's Jeunehomme being typical examples.
Strav's Rites of Spring is an even more inviting challenge. Whereas Gershwin's Rhapsody already had a foot in the door of the jazz idiom of his day with it's generous dash of 'blue notes'. and the Mozart, from a few centuries earlier offered a simpler, albeit no less demanding task, The Rites of Spring is indeed a 'rite of passage".
Stravinsky, a composer more attuned to modern harmonies than Gershwin, acknowledged by, and possibly an influence on, jazzmen such as Parker, Ornette and others is also remembered for his Ebony Concerto for the 1946 Herman herd. 
What makes this recording stand out is the retention of the original themes and orchestrations - reworked for octet - whilst still leaving space for the soloists to improvise. A beautiful integration of two worlds. 
Recent Jazz Coop visitor Brian Molley  impresses here as he did at the Globe. Listen to this and you'll wonder why you didn't make the effort to get the number 22 down to Railway St.!
Another superb soloist is Coombes. I reviewed his new trio disc a couple of days ago and here he is again, But, that's how it goes, you wait for ages then two Coombes along...(sorry).
But, rising above the soloing, is the orchestration by David Patrick. The old and the new are integrated seamlessly.
A triumph!
Available now - itunes/Amazon.
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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