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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).

Number 22!

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
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
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.
Chris James & Martin Fletcher - Billy Bootleggers - 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Imelda May - Sage Gateshead. 7pm. £38.20/£27.30 VIP Option £104.
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Hokum Hotshots - National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland SR6 0GL. 7:30pm. £27.50. Tel: 0191 515 5555. ‘Bourbon & Blues’ three course meal - booking essential.
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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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Thursday, October 01, 2015

CD Review: Oscar Perez - Prepare a Place For Me

Oscar Perez (pno); Thomson Kneeland (bs); Alvester Garnett (dms) + Bruce Williams (alto on 5 tracks).
(Review by Lance).
Another gem from across the pond. Perez's third album has the Sir Roland Hanna tutored pianist living up to his reputation as "a pianist of impeccable technique and fluency" with a program of 7 originals, alongside Monk's 'Round Midnight and Hoagy's The Nearness of You. JazzTimes and DownBeat have showered him with accolades and Bebop Spoken Here has no intention of spoiling the party!
He's a swinger, but a forward looking one who has also absorbed the past - how could he not with Sir Roland rapping his knuckles (figuratively) should he hit a bum note? No bum notes here - Hanna, your job is done!
Perez got his nose, almost, in front when he placed (2nd) in Florida's Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition last year. Second? My God! who won? 
Nearness of You is just about the best piano version I've heard of that tune (correction, delete 'just').
The originals too are just what it says on the box. Perez is no mean composer.
Throw Williams' alto into the mix and you get the lyricism that Paul Desmond only achieved when Brubeck was tranquilised.
Kneeland and Garnett deliver the goods.
I like this a lot!
Available Oct. 13 on Myna Records.
Lance.
PS: One of our local football teams has a guy called Perez who is currently being applauded for raising his team from bottom to second bottom of the Premier League. If that Perez was as good, soccerwise, as this Perez is, music wise, his team would be in the Champions League!

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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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