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Howard Riley: “When I started out playing jazz back in the late 50s, early 60s, if you wanted a gig you had to learn some standards.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Eric Harland: “I love swing and I’m always going to swing but I also know that you can take a hip-hop groove and improvise with that just like you would with a swing pattern.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Friday April 28

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Dean Stockdale Trio - Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Emma Fisk's Hot Club du Nord - St. Cuthbert's Centre, Church Hill, Crook DL15 9DN. 7:30pm.
Matt Roberts Sextet - Voodoo Café, Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 8pm. £6. 01325 467555. Darlington Jazz Festival.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7:00pm.
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Lazy River Jazz Band - Blenkinsopp Castle Inn, Nr. Greenhead CA8 7JS. 8pm. £5. Dancers welcome! 07721 375278 for more details.
To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

CD Review: Aldevis Tibaldi London Jazz Ensemble - twentysix three

John Eacott (tpt/flug); Aldevis Tibaldi (ten/sop); Paul Taylor (tmb); Liam Dunachie (pno); Richard Sadler (bs); Chris Gale (dms).
(Review by Lance)
Becoming more and more disillusioned by what is passed off as jazz these days a disc such as this gives me hope for the future. 
Imagine Mingus*, Monk** and Ellington***, composing and arranging today and you get an inkling of where this is at. Indeed, the three composers mentioned actually provide the only non-original compositions on the album, the rest coming from the pen of leader Tibaldi.
Taylor's plunger solo on the opening Hunting Goose laid down the band's manifesto which I interpret as, "We will build for the future whilst maintaining the noble traditions of the past."
They do this admirably without, for one moment, suggesting that we are anywhere but in 2016. John Eacott, referred to by our JC in his memorable visit to the '606',  blows some fine trumpet and Tibaldi chips in with impressive solos on both soprano and tenor. The Italian, seemingly, is making waves on the London scene and deservedly so - he's an exciting and lyrical player.
Dunachie, is the kind of piano player that, at one time, seemed to have been washed away with the tide. Not so, he comps and solos - he swings for today. Swinging, as a verb, isn't a dirty word, music wise, on discs like this.
Black and Tan Fantasy respects Duke but doesn't pay lip service. Sadler on bass - bass rhymes with ace - on Black and Tan, he remembers Blanton but his ears are up the road. Gale, not only drums but co-produces along with Tibaldi and the result is nothing less than super satisfying.
My only problem with this excellent album is the title - wtf is twentysix three all about?
Lance.
* Weird Nightmare.
** We See.
*** Black and Tan Fantasy.

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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.
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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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