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Bebop Spoken There

Sonny Rollins: "I work very hard. I wear out suits playing." - (Downbeat May 29, 1969.)

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Bob Brookmeyer: "The group's philosophy? We're saving to buy new uniforms - the ties wore out." - (Crescendo March 1965).

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Today Tuesday March 28

Jonathan Silk's Fragment Quartet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £10/£8. JNE/Schmazz gig.
Maine Street 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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Northern Monkey Brass Band - The Fox, West End Tce., Hexham NE46 3DB. 9pm.
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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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