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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 Tuesday July 25

Evening
Misha Mullov-Abbado Sextet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane NE25 5DW. 8pm. Free.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. £10 & £8. JNE gig.
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Maine Street Jazzmen - Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond Ave., Newcastle NE2 3EX. 8:30pm. £5.
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Thursday, December 31, 2015

CD Review: Peter Kavanaugh - Whisper Not

(Review by Lance)
Kavanaugh cites Pass, Reinhardt, Montgomery, Chet Atkins, Les Paul and Bill Evans amongst the influences he dialled into. Dare I mention that, soundwise, there were also suggestions of Hank Marvin?
Kavanaugh works many of the L.A. Hot Clubs so it isn't surprising that there is a contemporary Django feel to much of his playing and, sometimes it isn't contemporary at all! I'm Confessin' can hold its own in any timescale.
A choice selection of tunes played to perfection 
Whisper Not; Emily; Poinciana; Swing 48; Easy Living; Ask Me Now; On the Way to Your House (original); I'm Confessin; Jitterbug Waltz - everyone a winner!
As a band they gel beautifully, Bonebrake's vibes the Stephane to Kavanaugh's Django, bass and drums the subtle underpinning Grappelli and Reinhardt never had.
As a bonus, we have Kavanaugh's original number goosed along by Bolger on Hammond. If you want to goose a soloist get a B3!
Confessin' and Jitterbug have Shawn Osmiansky on clarinet. Rich full tone like clarinet players used to have before they gave technique the priority over feeling (no names no pack drill!).
Lance.
Peter Kavanaugh (gtr); D.J. Bonebrake (vbs); Paul Eckman (bs); Jack LeCompte (dms) + Michael Bolger (B3); Geoff Rakness (bs); Mark San Filippo (dms) on 1 track & Shawn Oshmiansky (clt) on 2 tracks.

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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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