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Bebop Spoken There

Michael Feinstein: “Fred Astaire is my favorite singer. To me, he was the perfect interpreter of American popular song.” – (Jazz Times December 2014).

Bud Shank: “Once I saw California – that was it, I stayed.” – (Jazz Journal May 1991)

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Today Thursday February 23

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone, Newcastle (ish) NE27 0DA. 1pm. Free.
Evening.
Maine St. Jazzmen - Potters Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. 8:30pm. 0191 4888068.
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Strictly Smokin' Big Band - Millstone, Haddricks Mill Rd., South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3DB 7pm.
Indigo Jazz Voices - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. Free.
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Tees Hot Club w. Gus Smith (vocals); Richie Emmerson (tenor); Bruce Taylor (keys) - Dorman's, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge Hotel, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees. 8:30pm.
Pocket Jazz Orchestra - The Ship, Church Lane, Redmarshall TS21 1EP. 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.
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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