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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)

Archives.

Today Sunday February 26.

Afternoon.
Mark Williams (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
More Jam - Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free.
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Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
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Evening
Maine St. Jazzmen - Seaton Sluice Social Club, Collywell Bay Rd., Seaton Sluice NE26 4QZ. 8pm. £4.
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Shaun Henderson Band - Quakerhouse, Mechanics Yard, Darlington. 6pm. £5.
Jazz Jam - Empty Shop, 35c Framwellgate Bridge, Durham DH1 4SY. 7:30pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

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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