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Howard Riley: “When I started out playing jazz back in the late 50s, early 60s, if you wanted a gig you had to learn some standards.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Eric Harland: “I love swing and I’m always going to swing but I also know that you can take a hip-hop groove and improvise with that just like you would with a swing pattern.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Today Wednesday April 26

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

CD Review: Nicholas Bridgeman - Wheel of Life

Nicholas Bridgeman (keys).
I'm assuming this is a solo album as the drumming has the metronomic qualities associated with robotic drummers! Nevertheless, this is a very listenable and danceable album in the funky smooth vein. Left hand piano/guitar, right hand organ/piano, drum machine. Eight originals plus two covers - Black Orpheus and Cantaloupe Island.
Bridgeman is a fine composer and he's no slouch as a player either! Classically trained he performed a Shostakovich symphony with the New West Orchestra at the age of 16. But it was while in college, studying abroad at the University of Kent in England, that Nicholas decided to switch from classical and begin seriously studying jazz.  He worked with jazz pianist David Rees-Williams in Canterbury, and upon returning to his home school, U.C. Berkeley, he joined ensembles in the UCJazz program, where he improvised over standards and played with different bands.  At this time, Nicholas had still not begun composing his own jazz songs, but that was about to change.  After graduating, Nicholas met guitarist Gary Tobin, who encouraged him to start writing and collaborated on compositions with him. 
On this album Ramsey Lewis and early Herbie Hancock spring to mind.  
I'm old fashioned, I love the moonlight and the gigs where you have a band comprised of individuals rather than electronic digital clones.
Still, if economics and the AFM decree it be so, this is probably as good as it gets.
Available from Nov. 1 via Amazon and the usual suspects.
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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