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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).

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Bebop Spoken Here is currently listed at number 22 in the WORLD JAZZ BLOG Rankings!

Today Friday May 26

Afternoon
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Paul Wilkinson - St. Nicholas Cathedral, St. Nicholas Square, Newcastle NE1 1PF. 1:05pm. Retiring collection.
Mark Williams/Joel Byrne McCullough - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Ruth Lambert Quartet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm, £7 (£6 in advance.)
Hand to Mouth (Lindsay Hannon/Bradley Johnston) - High Friars Lane (Tyneside Cinema), Free, al fresco, 8pm. food and drink available.
?????????? - Billy Bootleggers - 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8pm. Free.
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Imelda May - Sage Gateshead. 7pm. £38.20/£27.30 VIP Option £104.
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Strictly Smokin' Big Band - Ushaw College, nr. Durham. 7:30pm. £7.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.
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Friday, September 25, 2015

CD Review: Tim Thornton - The Feel Good Place

Tim Thornton (bs); James Gardiner-Bateman (alt); Grant Windsor (pno); Chris Draper (dms).
(Review by Lance)
Simply superb! I could end the review with those two words without feeling I'd short-changed anyone. However, whilst that description may do for me, my loyal readers deserve more -  yes all three of you - so here we go.
Sweet Chin Music is a delightful theme that brings to mind the feel, in an abstract sort of way, of the classic Giuffre album The Train and the River. It has a similar mood - sort of floating - whilst actually sounding nothing like it! Thornton's bass moves around, keeping everything together. JGB plays alto with a fluidity that allows the ideas to flow. Windsor's piano, on the money every time, and the drumwork at the end, the perfect climax.
The only non-original, The Beatles Here There and Everywhere, which just happens to be my favourite - possibly my only favourite - Beatles tune is a biggie for all. I'm not sure which chord sequence it is based upon - did the Fab Four create original seqs? Certainly this one is more complex than say, All My Loving or She Loves You etc. - a timeless melody worthy of any of the Gasbook guys. 
Newborn, a mid-tempo groove, has me thinking that Thornton's extended solo is just about as good as it gets. JGB's alto ticks so many boxes I had to create new ones for him to tick! Then Windsor came in - no wonder they named a town after him - and I ran out of ticking boxes.
More originals - The Feel Good Place; Dribbling; Corona; Wicked Rickety - each and everyone as good as, or better, than the one preceding!
This is a swinger - Swing 2015+.
Best new British album I've heard so far this year - the truth always wins!
The album is released by Jellymould on Oct. 2 and launched at Pizza two days later. They tour in March - mainly, no totally, south of Dean Street!
Lance.

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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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