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Bebop Spoken There

Danny Gatton: "I was tired of playing in beer joints. I wanted to do something tangible like building cars. But once you do music it gets into your blood. You can get away from it for awhile but sooner or later it comes back to you." - (Down Beat April 1991).

Tal Farlow: "There were times when I would stop [playing guitar] and do sign painting." - (Downbeat December 5, 1963)

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Today Wednesday August 23

Afternoon
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
New Orleans Jazz at the Village Hall - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.
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Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Billy's Acoustic Blues - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free (weekly).
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

CD Review: Ernie Krivda - Requiem for a Jazz Lady.

Ernie Krivda (ten); Lafayette Carthon (pno); Marion Hayden (bs); Renell Gonsalves (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Described as "A heartfelt love letter to his native city [Cleveland, Ohio]," Requiem for a Jazz Lady is, although basically a happy record showing off Krivda's big sound; Herschel Evans, Ike Quebec, Guy Lafitte just some of the names that are triggered off by his full, round, tone, it is also steeped in tragedy. The title track reflects on the brutal murder in 1964 of 16 year old Beverly Jarosz. A crime still unsolved but recently re-opened by a cold case division.* This was at a time when Krivda was making his way around the Cleveland jazz scene, gradually making a name in his home town, and the music, apart from Requiem, is inspired by happier memories of those days. It's the kind of tenor we rarely hear now apart from say Harry Allen and Scott Hamilton (and, of course, our own Steve Andrews). 
Ernie Krivda is on that elevated level.
Carthon is the perfect foil, his solos matching the leader's with Hayden and Gonsalves rock solid throughout.
All but one of the compositions are Krivda's, Billy Reid's I'll Close my Eyes being the exception.
A beautiful mixture of joy and sorrow. 
Requiem for a Jazz Lady is released by Capri Records on Nov. 17.
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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