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Bebop Spoken There

Miles Kington: "If the intake of alcohol fails to improve a jazz player's performance, why do jazz listeners think it improves their appreciation?" - (Jazz Express October 1982).

Barbara Jay: "My first gig was at the Astoria, Charing Cross Rd. It seemed like a den of iniquity to me. All the Soho girls were there and the gigolos with their old women paying them to dance..." - (Jazz UK May 2008.)

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Today Tuesday February 28

Bill Laurence Group - Sage Gateshead. 8pm. £17.40.
Alex Munk's Flying Machines - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £10/£8. JNE/Schmazz gig.
Maine St. Jazzmen - Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond Ave., Newcastle NE2 3EX. 8:30pm. £5.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. 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 30, 2015

CD Review: Scott Hamilton & Jeff Hamilton Trio - Live in Bern

Scott Hamilton (ten); Tamir Hendelman (pno); Christof Luty (bs); Jeff Hamilton (dms).
(Review by Lance).
What a delightful disc! In an age where every young musician is a 'composer' striving to stretch the boundaries of our music this comes as a relief to know that there are guys still minding the store.
The unrelated Hamiltons mind the store as good as anyone. They know what they're selling and Scott Hamilton is one of the very best in the quality control dept. of a store that holds musical riches beyond the dreams of avarice (misquote from The Maltese Falcon!).
The natural successor to past greats such as, say, Ike Quebec, Zoot Sims or Don Byas he brings the songs' qualities to the fore - qualities that some of the composers themselves probably didn't realise their 'babies' possessed! Magical tenor playing that, despite the age of the material, sounds as fresh today as if I was hearing it for the first time.
Recorded live in Bern, Switzerland, by Capri, the two Hamilton's swing like as though it was going out of fashion! Believe you me, going by this record, it's very much back in fashion! Hamilton [Jeff] is described as a 'drummer's drummer'. Yeah, maybe, but I think Scott would describe him as a 'drummer for all sessions'. He keeps Scott on the ball throughout - not one fumble. Then there's Hendelman - as good a piano man as you'd want on any gig. His comping is on the money every bar of the way and his solos would make the album worthwhile even if Scott hadn't been there! But he was and this makes it just so perfect. 
Sorry Christof, I always leave bassists to the last but, let's face it, if you weren't there this would drop down from a 5 star record to a 2½ star one. Your work on Key Largo personified the mood of this atmospheric Benny Carter piece. 
September in the Rain: All Through the Night; Watch What Happens; Soul Eyes (Mal Waldron); This Can't be Love; There'll be Some Changes Made; Sybille's Day (J. Hamilton); Key Largo; Woody 'n You (Dizzy); The Champ (Dizzy)*; Ballad for the Very Sad and Tired Lotus Eaters (Strayhorn); You and the Night and the Music; Centrepiece (Harry Edison).
A disc that reminds me that all is well!
Released byy Capri Records on October 20.
Lance
*Great to hear The Champ again. Back in the 1950's, if you were at a trad gig you demanded The Saints. If it was a modern gig you hollered for The Champ! Here, it is accredited to someone called Alan Hawkshaw - ignore it, Hawkshaw's Champ was in one of the lighter divisions and a totally different tune! Dizzy's was Marciano/Louis/Ali/Dempsey combined and these four guys [Hamiltons et co] are up there punching well above their weight (if that is possible!)

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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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