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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 Monday March 27

Afternoon.
Jazz in the Afternoon - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
Evening.
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Monday, February 22, 2016

Dave Gelly: Stan Getz - Nobody Else But Me.

I'm re-reading Dave Gelly's superb 2002 biography of Stan Getz Nobody Else But Me. How well he brings the man and his music to life! As indeed he should, Gelly being no mean tenor player himself. He's right into the man even more so than a Getzian devotee like myself could ever be.
Putting the book down to pour myself a cup of tea, or something stronger, I looked at the pile of CDs awaiting review. Did I listen to some band from Finland, Lapland or Toyland playing their own compositions or did I continue reading and play some Getz? No contest!
Stan the Man ruled!
Ballad playing, only equalled by, arguably, Art Pepper, Paul Desmond or Chet Baker - who also contributed to the vocal equation - along with Frank and Mel,
There's never been a greater set of ballad performances to compare  with Getz's 1950/52 recordings. Later, of course, came the more ambitious projects, the bossa albums, the strings, the organ trio but, these, for me, rubber stamped his place in jazz history.
Tomorrow it's 'back on your heads lads'... However, in the meantime, Stan's blowing Thanks For the Memory... I'll sleep well tonight!
Or maybe I won't - memories can bring on insomnia. Still. if it does, I've got a good book to read and some wonderful music to listen to!
Lance.

2 comments :

  1. nostalgia plus, sentimental yearning for the past...you bet it is!that is one helluva recording. Stan Getz was a particular hero of Denys and will forever remind me of him.

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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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