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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).

Number 22!

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.

Friday, April 22, 2016

CD/Download Review: Paul Taylor - Cusps.

Paul Taylor (pno).
(Review by Lance).
An original voice both as a composer and pianist. Those who caught Taylor's solo set on the Concourse at last week's GIJF will want to hear his subtle, deep, meaningful explorations away from the sometimes extraneous and disturbing sounds that a solo pianist is subjected to in such a setting. 
No such problem here, in your den! Taylor demands and gets the listener's undivided attention. Quite an amazing and creative player, he appears to stride the genres. 
If he wore tails and had a lady by his side turning the pages he'd be a classical pianist. No page-turner so he's a jazz pianist or maybe even a jazzical pianist, certainly an improviser who recognises the values of lyricism and harmony. It doesn't matter how you categorise him, listening to this delightful album it's irrelevant. If you're into Chopin, Liszt or Keith Jarrett, you'll also be into Paul Taylor and just in case you think Paul is some aloof, ivory tower, composer - catch him with his brother's band - Simon Taylor and the Sundowners! 
Lance

1 comment :

  1. Paul Taylor is next playing solo at the Globe Jazz co-op for Koan 3 on friday the 24th of June 7.30 start The event is at The Globe (Jazz Co-op), 11 Railway St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 7AD, Doors open 7pm, £5/£4 . Also on the same bill Hapsburgh Braganza, Jewel and Zassso Fukei

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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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