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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).

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Bebop Spoken Here is currently listed at number 22 in the WORLD JAZZ BLOG Rankings!

Today Thursday May 25

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone, Newcastle (ish) NE27 0DA. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Strictly Smokin' Big Band - Millstone, Haddricks Mill Rd., South Gosforth NE3 3DB. 7pm. Free.
Maine St. Jazzmen - Potters Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. 8:30pm. 0191 4888068.
Dulcie May Moreno - Bar Loco, Leazes Park Rd., Newcastle NE1 4PG. 8pm? Free? 0191 2325871 to confirm times etc.
Ray Johnson/Richard Herdman - Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5.
Babmus - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £3/£2 (students/MU).
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Doo Wop Dollies - Queen's Hall, Beaumont St., Hexham NE46 3LS. 8pm. £10. 01434 652477.
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Tees Hot Club w. Richie Emmerson (tenor); Kevin Eland (trumpet); Ted Pearce (keys); Mark Hawkins (drums) - Dorman's, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - The Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees. 8:30pm.
Pocket Jazz Orchestra - Ship, Church Lane, Redmarshall, Stockton TS21 1EP. Free. 8:00PM.
Paul Skerritt Band - Pennyweight, Bakehouse Hill, Darlington DL1 5QA. 7pm. £25 (3 course meal inc.)
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

CD Review:Fabrizio Sotti Trio - Forty

Fabrizio Sotti - Guitar. Peter Slavov - Bass. Francisco Mela - Drums.
(Review by Steve T)
Sotti has previously mixed genres working with a variety of artists including Ice T, Cassandra Wilson, Shaggy, Zucchero, Tupac, Whitney Houston, Randy Brecker, John Patitucci and Al Foster. For a little local colour he played with David Knopfler of Dire Straits.
The title of the new album from New Yorker, by way of Italy, indicates his age and a new beginning with a change of direction to a basic Jazz guitar, electric bass and drums trio featuring nine originals and a cover of the Antonio Carlos Jobin favourite How Insensitive.
It's a short album for these days, only just passing the forty minute mark by seconds - maybe another reason for the title - which is not necessarily a bad thing.
‘You’ll hear Wes, Jim Hall and Mike Stern ' he tells us and you wouldn't argue - I asked for a guitarist’s perspective and these were the three names that came back to me. 'But now it's me, my personality, my feelings, my way of playing.'    
This he identifies as clear phrasing and not overplaying, though there's plenty of the latter; not that I personally mind; guitarists nowadays love to criticise excessive technique as a bad thing and then try to play as fast as they can. 
For variety you'll get a minor blues in 3/4 on opener Redemption, more blues on Is that what you think?, lone nylon string guitar on Beginning Now, calypso on Thalia ( his daughters name ), a guitar/ bass duo on So Far So Close and, apparently, a reference to Bach on The Bridge.
The title track is the most interesting, alternating between funk rubato and straight ahead swinging giving a joyous playful quality.
Despite his prior claim, there's plenty of impressive finger work, and all three musicians acquit themselves well, and the album is fine but overall the feel is fairly low-key and probably only of real interest to guitarists and guitar trio enthusiasts - the aforementioned guitarist liked it rather more than I did - but they won't hear anything they haven't heard before, and much better.
As Lance said on a previous review, it's hard to imagine how this can compete for your hard earned cash with your wants list of classics by Mingus, Miles and Trane, or Christian, Wes and Metheny. And while the media and industry would have us believe that CDs, like the death of Bobby Ewing, were just a dream, with the choice between reassuringly expensive chunks of memorabilia you'll never play and downloading an album only to choose the selection which grabbed you on first play and compiling it on to some gadget with your other favourite songs, it's a sobering thought for any prospective Jazz musician who can count their audiences in dozens if they're lucky.
Steve T.
Release Date June 10 on Sotti Entertainment.

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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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