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Hugh Masekela: “I advise every kid to check out their past because without a past you are in limbo.” (Songlines December 2017)

Leo Richardson: “I think your image is really important. You look at those old Blue Note recordings and you look at the liner note, the booklet and they’re in the studio and they’re wearing shirt and ties. They used to wear suits all the time.” – (Jazzwise December 2017/January 2018)

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Whilst we appreciate the many emails, texts, messages and other communications we receive requesting album/gig reviews on BSH, regrettably, we are unable to reply to them all other than those we are able to answer with a positive response.
Similarly, CDs received by post will only be considered if accompanied by sufficient background material.
Finally, bear in mind that this is a jazz-based site when submitting your album.
Lance

Today Monday December 18

Afternoon

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 NE30 4QS. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Monday Music Appreciation Social - Cumberland Arms, James Place St, Byker, Newcastle NE6 1LD. 8:30pm. Free. Duke Ellington: The Nutcracker Suite. CD played in full, in the bar.

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Sunday, February 07, 2016

CD Review: Avishai Cohen - Into the Silence.

Avishai Cohen: trumpet; Yonathan Avishai: piano; Eric Revis:bass; Nasheet Watts:drums; Bill McHenry tenor sax
(Review by Steve H).
Avishai Cohen is one of my favourite musicians of all time so I was very excited when asked to review this CD. As a poignant Miles Davis style solo emerged from the speakers I checked the album cover to find this rather beautiful trumpet player was indeed Avishai Cohen. What an amazing talent not only is he a world class bassist, composer, arranger and occasional pianist he is also a trumpet virtuoso as well. Somehow I didn’t think this was possible and further research led me to the happy discovery of ‘the other’ AC.
The music was composed 6 months after the death of his father. The opening track Life and Death sets the tone of the entire album - brooding, melancholy, sensitive and moving. Dream Like a Child is a reference to how his father’s family couldn’t afford to give him music lessons so he made sure all of his 3 children had the opportunity denied to him. This was a clear success as all 3 of his children (Avishai, Anat & Yuval) went on to become professional musicians even forming a successful family band ‘The  3 Cohens’. This piece, at just over 15 minutes, builds up from a classical style introduction to a more up-tempo conclusion driven by the very sympathetic rhythm section.
The title track Into The Silence is an angsty more abstract piece featuring Yonathan Avishai on piano and has a haunting feel to it.  Quiescence has a somewhat lighter tone to it with Cohen playing at his most Miles-like with a hypnotic bass line in the background from Waits. Behind the Broken Glass features Bill McHenry on tenor but is dominated by Cohen’s almost waling trumpet. A piano only reprise of Life and Death brings the album to a gentle, subtle and moving, conclusion.
As the subject matter dictates, this a pensive, sombre album not one to take to a party perhaps but rather one to listen to when in a quiet contemplative mood.
Steve.
Avishai Cohen - Into the Silence released Feb. 12 on ECM.

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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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