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Michael Feinstein: “Fred Astaire is my favorite singer. To me, he was the perfect interpreter of American popular song.” – (Jazz Times December 2014).

Bud Shank: “Once I saw California – that was it, I stayed.” – (Jazz Journal May 1991)

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Today Saturday February 25

Afternoon

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Devonport Hotel, 16-18 The Front, Middleton One Row, Darlington DL2 1AS. 01325 332255. 1:30pm. Free.

Evening

Bradley Johnston (Solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.

Redemption - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5.

Rendezvous Jazz/ Levee Ramblers NOJB 'At the Jazz Band Ball 2' - The Exchange, Howard St., North Shields NE30 1SE. 7:30pm. £10/£8.50.

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Monday, March 07, 2016

CD Review: Aki Rissanen Trio - Amorandom

Aki Rissanen (pno); Antti Löjönen (bs); Teppo Mäkynen (dms). 
(Review by Lance).
We don't get very many jazz discs for review from Finland although this one actually came via London and Edition Records. So, in these cash-strapped times, when the team at Edition give it the thumbs up it's obviously got something.

Downbeat described Rissanen as  a Rising star around Europe. Dave Liebman said, "He [Aki] is one of the best young pianists I have heard in years." The Guardian [John Fordham?] kicked in with "A melodic imagination and instinct to blend the familiar into unfamiliar shapes." So accurately put that it makes me realise why he is working in the lofty heights of The Guardian and I'm going down the mean streets and shadowy alleys of BSH!
But yes, that does some it up so well. thank you John.
Contemporary piano, for sure, but not beyond comprehension - how could it be? it was composed for an animated film realised by, I quote, the grand old man of the Finnish animation scene, Antti Peränne.
I want to see that film!
Listen to Bird Vision.
Lance.
Available now on Edition Records.

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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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