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Bebop Spoken There

Ben Pollack: "The kind of people who go for the old style New Orleans jazz are the same kind of people who go in for collecting antiques." - (Down Beat May 5, 1950).

Flip Phillips: "I heard this band out in California. I think - Lu Waters, isn't it? They sure can march down the street but I wouldn't want to march with them!" - (Down Beat June 15, 1951).

Today Sunday June 25

Afternoon.
Joel Byrne McCullough (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
Mitch Laddie Band - Tyne Bar, Maling St., Newcastle. 3pm. Free.
Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
Somethin' Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 01325 788564. 5pm. Weekly.
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Tyne Valley Big Band - Herding Hill Farm, Shield Hill, Haltwhistle NE49 9NW. 2pm. Support from Tyne Valley Youth Jazz Ensemble. 01434 320175.
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Evening
Jake Steels Quintet - Quakerhouse, Mechanics' Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 6pm.
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Hokum Hotshots-- Billy Bootleggers - 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, May 02, 2016

CD Review: Matt Wilson's Big Happy Family - Beginning of a Memory.

(Review by Lance).
I should have listened to the album before reading the notes. That way my judgement may have possibly been more objective.
I didn't, and so it became a heart v head thing. In the end, it didn't matter - as always the heart won but the head also prevailed.
Explanation time!
Wilson lost his wife, Felicia, in June 2014 and this is his tribute album which incorporates members of the various bands drummer Wison led over the years. All of whom were eager to contribute to an album in Felicia's memory.. It's a stunning and emotional collection. Wilson says, "It celebrates her relationship with all of these folks because Felicia had a really special relationship with each and every one of them."
So, every  blown note meant something. I'd never heard of Felicia until today and yet, already, I was in love with her memory and the music from the musicians on this disc who she inspired so much.
That's the heart having had its say!
The head doesn't disagree.
At times it's frantic, at other times it's pastoral - maybe Mingus meeting Debussy at a crossroads in Georgia. Whatever, this is ace high.
I often wonder, why would you want to buy an album by the latest new kid on the block when there are so many better discs by the, sadly, long gone greats?
That question isn't posed here although it may be many years hence.
Highly rec!
Lance.
Terrell Stafford (tpt); Kirk Knuffke (cor); Jeff Ledere (sop/ten/clt); Joel Frahm (ten/sop0; Andrew D'Angelo (alt/bs clt); Gary Vercase (pno/org/acc); Larry Goldings (pno); Martin Wind, Paul Sikivie, Yosuke Inque, Chris Lightcap (bs); Matt Balitsaris (gtr); Matt Wilson (dms).

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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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