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Bebop Spoken There

Alan Luff: “The general view is that Ella’s songbook recordings are the supreme exemplars of sophistication, fine diction and creative voice in the wide field of popular music.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

Steve Voce: “Most of us have been crashed into by cretins who walk along the road absorbed in the screens of their mobile phones.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

Today Tuesday May 23

Evening
Davina & the Vagabonds - Sage Gateshead. 8pm. £18.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
Zoe Gilby: Pannonica - The Fox Inn, West End Tce., Hexham NE46 3DB. Free. 9pm.
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Thursday, January 14, 2016

CD Review: Stan Sulzman/Nikki Iles - Stardust.

Stan Sulzman (ten); Nikki Iles (pno)
(Review by Lance).
The jazz duo, a tradition began, I believe, with Earl Hines and Louis Armstrong and continued with, among others, Coleman Hawkins and Freddy Johnson, Ruby Braff and Ellis Larkins until this present day when it has become the staple fare of Newcastle Jazz Café's Saturday program. Whether this is for artistic or economic reasons is immaterial - 9 times out of 10 it works and we've had some classic pairings.
This coupling between Sulzman and Iles bares comparison with any pairing from past or present!
Sulzman, never one to play a 100 notes when 50 or even 1 will do, is not afraid of being exposed. His take on Hawkins' Body and Soul shows respect for the original whilst adding his own stamp to it. I think Hawk would have raised a Cognac to this.
Asked why he was recording these tunes? Sulzman, composer and one time (delete 'one time') avant gardist replied, "I simply love to play these tunes". And why not? He does it better than most!
Nikki Iles is the perfect foil, such a sensitive accompanist and so creative a soloist. Nikki is another one who doesn't try to blind you with a cascade of notes, rather she will take the tune, the sequence, and extract every nuance from it - Bill Evans had a similar quality.
The repertoire: Nikki's Corner; Young and Foolish; Body and Soul; Nobody Else But Me; I Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry; Under the Canopy; My Man's Gone Now; You'll Never Get to Heaven; Stardust.
Two originals, one each, amongst the gassers and I bet the guessers got it wrong!
Stan wrote Nikki's Corner and Nikki wrote Under the Canopy - but that's jazz for you, the Sound of surprise!
Lance
Stan Sulzman/Nikki Iles - Stardust released on Jellymouldjazz on Jan. 25.

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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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