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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).

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Bebop Spoken Here is currently listed at number 22 in the WORLD JAZZ BLOG Rankings!

Today Friday May 26

Afternoon
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Paul Wilkinson - St. Nicholas Cathedral, St. Nicholas Square, Newcastle NE1 1PF. 1:05pm. Retiring collection.
Mark Williams/Joel Byrne McCullough - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Ruth Lambert Quartet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm, £7 (£6 in advance.)
Hand to Mouth (Lindsay Hannon/Bradley Johnston) - High Friars Lane (Tyneside Cinema), Free, al fresco, 8pm. food and drink available.
?????????? - Billy Bootleggers - 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8pm. Free.
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Imelda May - Sage Gateshead. 7pm. £38.20/£27.30 VIP Option £104.
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Strictly Smokin' Big Band - Ushaw College, nr. Durham. 7:30pm. £7.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

New release :Magnus Öström - Parachute.

Drummer Magnus Öström, a member of the world famous Esbjörn Svensson Trio (E.S.T.), is set to release his third solo album ‘Parachute’ on April 1, 2016.
The new album features the same band members as the two previous albums with guitarist Andreas Hourdakis, bassist and keyboardist Thobias Gabrielson and pianist Daniel Karlsson. Twenty years have passed since the hugely successful and critically acclaimed album ‘E.S.T. Plays Monk’ was released. ‘Parachute’ comprises eight original compositions by Magnus and also features Norwegian trumpeter Mathias Eick who guests on ‘The Shore Of Unsure.’
Although Magnus' solo career has been successful, the loss of Esbjörn Svensson in a tragic diving accident has been devastating. Music has helped him overcome some very dark times. 
Expressing his feelings Öström said,”During the years after Esbjörn’s death I have struggled to find my way back to life. Sometimes life has been ok, but at other times, it has been really dark. As for most of us, life has its ups and downs, but when I have been at my lowest when you don't see any way out, the music has always been there to save me, it has been my Parachute. This record is a celebration of music itself and to the energy it carries. It has helped not only me but also most of the people on this tormented globe that we travel on. As a temporary guest on this planet, I hope I will leave it a better place than when I arrived - I hope we all will do. That's what I'm striving for.”
'Parachute' Track Listing:
1 Dog On The Beach
2 Junas
3 The Green Man And The French Horn
4 Walkabout Bug
6 The Shore Of Unsure
7 Reedjoyce
8 All The Remaining Days

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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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