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Bebop Spoken There

Alan Broadbent: “I really enjoy working with some singers. It depends. Again, there has to be a give and take between the two of us. Otherwise, it’s just a job and I’m too old for that now.”(Jazz Times February 2015).

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Alan Broadbent: “As soon as I heard where Georgia [Mancio] was coming from, and the tradition in terms of songwriting and her appreciation of standards, it was basically the same as mine.” – (Jazzwise April 2017)

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Archives.

Today Thursday March 30.

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone, Newcastle (ish) NE27 0DA. 1pm. Free.
Evening.
Maine St. Jazzmen - Potters Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. 8:30pm. 0191 4888068
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Strictly Smokin' Big Band- The Millstone, Haddrick's Mill Rd., South Gosforth NE3 3DB. 7pm. Free.
Pasadena Roof Orchestra - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE33 3NG. 7:30pm. £19/£17.50 (conc.)
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Tees Hot Club w. Bruce Taylor (keys); John Brett (tenor); Ray Dales (alto) - Dorman's, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - The Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees. 8:30pm.
Paul Skerritt Band - Pennyweight, Bakehouse Hill, Darlington DL1 5QA. 9pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, October 02, 2015

CD Review: QCBA - Beauty in Quiet Places.

Quentin Collins (tpt/flg); Brandon Allen (ten'sop); Ross Stanley (B3); Enzo Zirilli (dms).
(Review by Lance).
This is my kind of record! Hardbop but not retro. Music for today steeped in the recent past but also looking towards tomorrow. The two horn frontline backed up by Ross Stanley's B3 and Zirili's drums (a new name to me but on the evidence here it sounds as though he's here to stay!) bring to mind the wonderful, but short lived, Mike Carr Blue Note Band. This has all the punch of that band but with the incorporation of some later innovations.
Not that it's all kickass, the title track is as beautiful as the name implies and should Oscar's Lullaby lull you to sleep I guarantee that the only nightmare you will have is that of missing the remaining tracks which sure as hell ain't lullabies! The mood throughout is that of a band that knows where it's going without straying too far from the straight(ish) and certainly not narrow path of jazz today.
Brandon, as gutsy a tenor as I've heard for awhile and Quentin, a talent in the Clifford Brown twice removed bracket (a compliment by the way!) gell in the way two horns should do. Both guys provided the material and it's not surprising that, because of the empathy in their playing, it's difficult to guess as to who wrote what! I know the info is on the cover but, having only 19.9/19,9 vision, it might as well be written in Bebop!
But this is an album to listen to, to dig, as we used to say when we were 'cool' and high on Coke (Pepsi that is!)
Available now on itunes or ubuntu music. Or from (hopefully) The Last Shop Standing!
YouTube interview.
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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