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Number 22 in World Jazz Blog Rankings

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 Saturday April 29

Afternoon

1pm: Dean Stockdale Trio. 2:30pm: Abbie Finn Quartet 4pm: Rick Laughlin Trio - Quakerhouse, Mechanics’ Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 01325 245052. 1:00-5:00pm. Free (donations).

Evening

Dave O’Higgins with Durham Alumni Big Band - Majestic Theatre, Bondgate, Darlington DL3 7JT. Support set by Durham County Youth Big Band (7:15pm). £12.00. (+ concs).

Late night jam session - Quakerhouse, Mechanics’ Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 01325 245052.10:30pm. Free.

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Ruby Turner - Alnwick Playhouse. 7:30pm. £21.00. & £20.00.

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Fever & Friends - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE333 3NG. 7:30pm. £12.00. 0191 454234.

Bradley Johnston (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.

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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, May 07, 2016

CD Review: Louis Heriveaux - Triadic Episode.

Louis Heriveaux (pno); Curtis Lundy (bs); Terreon Gully (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Heriveaux lives and works around Atlanta, Ga. although, on the strength of this CD, his reputation should be worldwide. However, as I've mentioned in previous reviews, such is the glut of talent working the jazz scene it must now be ever more increasingly difficult for any jazz musician to get his nose in front of the pack.
Many years ago, Sonny Stitt played Gateshead Town Hall. He was to have been accompanied by the Bill le Sage Trio. Unfortunately, their car broke down somewhere in Yorkshire and the promoters (JNE?) had to search frantically for a local rhythm section to back the great man. Eventually, they pulled the Malcolm Saul Trio and the rest, as they say, is the stuff of legend!
Today, if that happened in any major city in the jazz world they'd be spoilt for choice!
Getting back to Louis Heriveaux, this is an excellent album. Not entirely groundbreaking but with some innovative twists that reveal the pianist to be as good as most of the current crop and maybe even better than some of his predecessors. A mix of originals and standards. Body and Soul has a touch of Tatum, a garnish of Garner, shades of Shearing and a whole lot of Herivwaux. The opener, From Day to Day, is dedicated to the composer of the same, Mulgrew Miller. Blue Bossa is done in 6/4 whilst All the Things is in 7/4. The originals are from all three musicians and reveal that their talents also include compositional skills alongside the ability to swing their collective asses off!
This one is headed for the car stereo which, as readers will know, is the Bebop Spoken Here equivalent of a Grammy nomination!
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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