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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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Saturday, September 05, 2015

CD Review: Pete McCann - Range.

Pete McCann (gtr); John O'Gallagher (alt); Henry Hey (keys); Matt Clohesy (bs); Mark Ferber (dms).
(Review by Lance).
New York based McCann, 25 years a respected sideman on the New York circuit, brings his 5th album as leader to Michael Janisch's increasingly influential Whirlwind label. Janisch, executive producer of the album, has picked a lot of winners since he founded the label in 2010 and this release maintains the high level of performance.
Not an album to pigeonhole it's an album for today but with many different facets: Gentle ethereal sounds; hard postbop and some wild jazz rock blasts.
As a guitarist, McCann ticks the boxes of Wes Montgomery, Bill Frissell, Scofield as well as Stern, Holdsworth and McLaughlin plus a few others in between without compromising his own individuality. 
O'Gallagher can certainly circumnavigate an alto saxophone witness Realm. Mustard* is another fiery sax track that's also enhanced by by Henry Hey's B3 workout. As hot as Jalopeño is how the album notes call it - no argument, it had me searching for an ice cold beer as I listened!
Bridge Scandal - inspired by the angst of a New Jersey lane closure that was full of political maneuvering and intrigue - the wild guitar thrashing and the chaotic blasts are the best depiction of a traffic jam since Artie Shaw and, given the volume of traffic today compared to 1939 + the politics of the whole affair, I'd say that McCann got it spot on!
Equally, McCann's romantic Mine is Yours displays tenderness without schmaltz.
All 10 tracks are by McCann and, apart from the ones mentioned, others include: Kenny (tribute to Kenny Wheeler); Rumbles (homage to the writing of Lee Konitz); Numinous (an exercise in 12-tonism); To the Mountain; Seventh Jar and Dyad Changes.
Range is a good title for the album displaying, as it does, the broad spectrum within which works McCann.
Lance.
Available on Whirlwind Recordings WR4675 from Sept. 15.

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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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