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Bebop Spoken There

Piers Paul Read: "Bruce Reynolds and Biggs shared an interest in Sex, Jazz and Hemingway." - (The Train Robbers by Piers Paul Read, Coronet Books 1979.)

George Shearing: "Speaking about Johann Sebastian Bach I think he'd be a real jazzer if he were alive today. I mean any man who has two wives, twenty kids, gets kicked out of the church for being too harmonically radical and drinks beer can't be all wrong can he?" - (Crescendo March 1984.)

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Today Thursday July 19

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Holywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. 8:30pm. Free.

Alexys de Alfaro: Guitar Dreams with Coco Vega - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling Street, Gateshead NE8 2BA. Doors 7:00pm. A ‘jar on the bar’ gig. Guitar & percussion.

Alter Ego - St James’ & St Basil’s Church, Fenham Hall Drive, Newcastle NE4 9EJ. 7:30pm. £10.00.

Jesse Bannister Quartet - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. £10.00. (£8.00. concs.). JNE.

Northern Monkey Brass Band - Jubilee Park, Spennymoor DL16. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Big BRASS Bash (Durham Brass Festival).

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

Tees Hot Club w. Donna Hewitt (alto); Josh Bentham (tenor); Dave Archbaid (keys) - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9pm. Free.

Jazz Jam - Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 8pm. Free.

Billy's Buskers: Plug in and Play - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 7:00pm. Free.

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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