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Bebop Spoken There

Jim Hall: "Won't play loud, can't play fast" - (From one of the great guitarist's business cards brought to our attention by Roly Veitch).

Joel Harrison: “It’s incredibly hard to play bebop on guitar, harder than on saxophone.” – (Jazz Times August 2015)

Today Tuesday June 27

Evening
CANCELLED! Atlas - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:15pm. £10/£8 (conc.). JNE 'Women Make Music'.
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Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
Maine Street Jazzmen - British Legion Club, West Jesmond Ave., Newcastle NE2 3EX. 8:30pm. £5.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, April 01, 2016

CD Review: Adison Evans - Hero

Adison Evans (bar/alt); Matthew Jodrell (tpt/flug); Mathis Picard (pno); Dan Chmielinski (bs); Roberto Giaquinto (dms); Melanie Charles (vcl - 3 tks).
(Review by Lance).
In this, her debut album, Evans pays tribute to those Heroes who have shaped her into the person/musician she is today. These heroes are Beyoncè with whom Evans toured the world, Stevie Wonder, her musical mentor, Steve Wilson, her saxophone hero Sonny Rollins and no doubt many others.

Evans has that lovely fruity baritone sound reminiscent of Gerry Mulligan but with perhaps a little more warmth and she can play the, in other hands, lugubrious instrument with the fluidity of a fast-fingered tenorist. The ideas flow logically - Gary Smulyan has got a fight on his hands come DB Poll time!
Jodrell plays trumpet like Lee Morgan or Freddie Hubbard reincarnated. He's a blower and another one to look out for.
Given her Beyoncè background, it's not surprising to find a Ms B tune on the album. Blue, sung by Melanie Charles. Charles also provides the vocals on a couple of Evans' originals - Mama and Do What's Best for You.
Piano, bass, and drums provide the support needed making this a most listenable album as well  as putting Evans and Jodrell on my 'Names to look out for in the future' list. - add Melanie Charles to the list, in fact, let's keep an eye out for the whole band!
Lance.
Available now on Adi Tone 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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