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Bebop Spoken There

Ben Pollack: "The kind of people who go for the old style New Orleans jazz are the same kind of people who go in for collecting antiques." - (Down Beat May 5, 1950).

Flip Phillips: "I heard this band out in California. I think - Lu Waters, isn't it? They sure can march down the street but I wouldn't want to march with them!" - (Down Beat June 15, 1951).

Today Sunday June 25

Afternoon.
Joel Byrne McCullough (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
Mitch Laddie Band - Tyne Bar, Maling St., Newcastle. 3pm. Free.
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.
Somethin' Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 01325 788564. 5pm. Weekly.
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Tyne Valley Big Band - Herding Hill Farm, Shield Hill, Haltwhistle NE49 9NW. 2pm. Support from Tyne Valley Youth Jazz Ensemble. 01434 320175.
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Evening
Jake Steels Quintet - Quakerhouse, Mechanics' Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 6pm.
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Hokum Hotshots-- Billy Bootleggers - 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday June 26

Afternoon.
Jazz in the Afternoon - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

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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