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Allison Neale: “It’s difficult if you play mainstream in the UK, it isn’t appreciated enough. The current scene seems to focus on musician-composers.” - (Jazz Journal April 2013).

Liam Noble: “I know some people think playing standards is old-fashioned but I love it.” – (Jazz Journal January 2016).

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Today Tuesday February 21

Jam Session - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. Free.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

CD Review: Will Goble – Consider the Blues.

Will Goble (bs); Greg Tardy (ten); Louis Heriveaux (pno); Dave Potter (dms) + Tabreeca Woodside (vcl).
(Review by Lance).
Another Man Gone Wrong, a traditional chain gang song features guest singer Tabreeca Woodside who brings a Nina Simone feel to this protest song. A voice ideally suited to the material. Tardy shows on tenor.
However, it’s on Magic Umbrellas where Tardy shows that he’s anything but tardy when it comes to dealing out a mind-blowing tenor solo! I found myself standing up and clapping even though I was the only one in the room! I don’t even do that for Bird, Diz, Frank, Ella or the rest of the gang! Jazz, the sound of surprise as always. Greg’s on my list when the next DB Poll comes around. 
As is Louis Heriveaux – I’ve just done a job (a good one) on his recent CD – Heriveaux’s piano on Dirge Blues does nothing to lessen my enthusiasm. Goble’s bass, like his intro to It Ain’t Necessarily So, adds to the happy/sad feeling the disc depicts.
Tardy on Belle Isle rubber stamps my enthusiasm for a tenor player I’d never heard of until today!
The Ants Went Marching in One by One but They Didn’t Come Back may be a bizarre title and unlikely to become a standard but there’s nothing bizarre about Greg’s playing – track 7 and I’m already calling him by his first name, that’s how good his playing is!
The Kirtipur Suite has three movements – Hold Tight; Uncertainty; Hopefully. Each one showing the quartet off to their best advantage – leader Gobles well featured on the latter
Finally, Three Little Words which we all know means I Love You. On this occasion, however, it should be, Three Big Words! Best version since Sonny Rollins!
Lance.
PS: Recommended!

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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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