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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 Friday March 24

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Mick Shoulder's Swing Manouche - Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1pm. £5. 0300 0269520
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Evening
James Harrison & Caroline Bagley- Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm. Free.
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Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7:00pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, January 01, 2016

CD Review: The Dan Wilkins Ensemble-Jnana Vijnana


Dan Wilkins (ten); Patrick McGhee (sop); Mike Bono, Vaughn Stoffet (gtr); Dave Lantz (pno/keys); Daryl Johns (bs); Jimmy MacBride (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Not a foot-tapper or a hip-shaker, this Sanskrit titled album is more a cerebral exercise. Wilkins' original compositions are, he says, inspired by personal psychological and spiritual experiences.
Jnana-Vijnana refers to the pursuit of understanding the knowledge of the Self and of the physical plural world in its many phases and incarnations.
There's more!
Jnana-Vijnana, it seems, was inspired by an event, in 2012, shortly after Wilkins attended a self-realisation seminar with a guru from India, Pujyashree Deepakbhai. "I'd been investigating Schopenhaur vis a vis Wagner and Zen philosophy, eventually leading to regular practice of Yoga and meditation..."
This is all beyond my Karma.
Judge for yourself.
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/danwilkinsensemble.
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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