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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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Monday, January 11, 2016

RIP David Bowie

The sad news of David Bowie's death has dominated the media (including London Transport) and no doubt will continue to do so for the foreseeable future and rightly so - the man was a rock legend. 
And yet, his latest CD, Blackstar, is referred to in some quarters as a jazz inspired  album. Recorded with saxist Donny McCaslin's Quartet and released only a few days ago, some may struggle to classify it as jazz, myself included, nevertheless, at a time like this genre is irrelevant. Let's be thankful that there is one more album for his fans to cherish.
This may have been a change of direction for the singer who has always avowed jazz to have been his first love and, over the years, his music has been played by many jazz groups. The Jeff Herr Corporation at the Jazz Café in September and Dylan Howe'sSubterranean album being two that spring to mind. David Sanborn worked with him regularly so the link has always been there no matter how tenuous and submerged. 
To lose a legend at any age is sad and, these days, 69 isn't old.
Rest In Peace.
Obituary.
Lance

2 comments :

  1. I love his torch song version of Wild is the Wind on Station to Station. Devastated.

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  2. That's a lovely tribute to an amazing talent Lance. I can't quite believe that there won't be another Bowie album to look forward to, I was only posting on Friday night how fantastic Blackstar is. He was an enigma right to the end. x

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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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