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Bebop Spoken There

Jackie McLean: “I can't understand British audiences. In Britain there doesn't seem to be any curiosity." (Melody Maker, April 1, 1961).

Charles Mingus: "It seems to me that if our records were not issued in Britain, the British cats would have to think for themselves" (Jazz News, July 26th 1961)

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Today Monday July 24

Afternoon.
Jazz in the Afternoon - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
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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!
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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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