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Bebop Spoken There

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)

Today 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.

Monday, May 16, 2016

CD Review: Benet McLean - The Bopped and the Bopless.


Benet McLean – piano/vocals/violin; Noel Langley – trumpet; Aydenne Simone – vocals; Jason Yarde – ; saxophones ; Gareth Lockrane – flutes; Duncan Eagles – saxophones; Ashley Slater – trombone; Isabella Maria Asbjornsen – harp; Donald Gamble – percussion; Jonathan Harvey – bass; Saleem Raman – drums.
(Review by Lance)
The Bopped and the Bopless could easily be The Hipped and the Hopless! Not that I’m complaining, far from it. This is as fine an example of cross-gendering as you’ll find in a long day’s pogoing across the great divide. Suddenly the divide doesn’t seem that great! Take a look at the players involved – jazzmen to a core, albeit with their own tributaries that they occasionally sail off on, and they  do the business here.
The business, of course, is run by McLean, of whom Ian Shaw said, “When Benet sings and plays, something so precise, virtuosic, soulful and swinging happens, it’s almost unnerving. That he isn’t playing arenas but is the Soho Prince of Jazz is of course wrong, yet refreshing. Dig, dig, dig!”
Not sure I can add to that except to concur and nod sagely. The only problem being, that when I nod ‘sagely,’ people think I’ve fallen asleep which, take it from me folks, you won’t be making with the zzzzzzzs whilst listening to this.
Available June 10 on 33 Jazz Records. Launched at 606 Club June 16.
Lance.

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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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