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Bebop Spoken There

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).

Today Tuesday May 23

Evening
Davina & the Vagabonds - Sage Gateshead. 8pm. £18.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
Zoe Gilby: Pannonica - The Fox Inn, West End Tce., Hexham NE46 3DB. Free. 9pm.
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Sunday, September 13, 2015

CD Review: Josh Maxey - Celebration of Soul

Josh Maxey (gtr); Brian Charette (org); Chase Baird (sax); Jeremy Noller (dms) + Rodney Jones (gtr); David Parnell (acc. gtr); Michael Cioffero (gtr); Brett Parnell (lap steel) on Sunrise/Sunset tracks.
(Review by Lance).
The saying is that you don't judge a book by its cover. I'll add that nor should you judge a CD by the first track.
Brooklyn Sunrise does little for me. A moody, ethereal exploration into a land possibly inhabited by the spirit of Sun Ra. Fortunately, this track is of short duration and, come track 2 - the title track - we're back down to Earth and groovin' in Soulville, although the Sun that rose in Brooklyn does finally set in Colorado on track 7 and I didn't shed a tear! The + 4  musicians play on the Sunrise/set tracks.
Apart from the Solar (Souler?) pieces, these are swinging, groovers born out of the Blue Note womb and maybe weaned on Chess and Stax.
Charette knows all about soul, given his B3 blasts here. And so he should seeing as how his cv includes stints with Lou Donaldson and Bucky Pizzarelli! Baird too has paid his dues - Hancock; Lovano; Brecker, R; Moran and Aaron Parks. Cutting soprano and gutsy tenor prevail.
This is leader, kick-ass guitarist, Maxey's 10th release and, like the previous nine, features his original compositions. Three of them are reprised as Radio Mix, I'm not sure what that means but they still sound good.
Soul fans start celebratin'
Lance.
Available on Mile High Records MHR624.

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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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