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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 Thursday April 27

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone, Newcastle (ish) NE27 0DA. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Maine St. Jazzmen - Potters Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. 8:30pm. 0191 4888068
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Dave Weisser & Alan Law - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5. (Students free).
BABMUS Presents - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £3 (£2 students).
Strictly Smokin' Big Band - The Millstone, Haddrick's Mill Rd., South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3DB. Free. 7pm. Open rehearsal.
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Emma Fisk's Hot Club du Nord - Lubetkin Theatre, East Durham College, Willerby Grove, Peterlee SR8 2RR.7pm. £8. 07425 145549.
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Paul Skerritt Band - The Pennyweight, Bakehouse Hill, Darlington DL1 5QA. 9pm. Free. 01325 468411.
Jazz Workshop w. Matt Roberts - Art Gallery, Crown St., Darlington DL1 1ND. 6pm. £5. Registration required. Part of Darlington Jazz Festival.
Richie Emmerson Quartet w Richie (tenor); Ted Pearce (keys); Alan Smith (bass) + drums tba - Dorman's, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - The Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees. 8:30pm.
Pocket Jazz Orchestra + Noel Dennis (trumpet) - The Ship, Church Lane, Redmarshall, Stockton TS21 1EP. Free. 8pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, June 17, 2016

CD Review: Mac Gollehon & The Hispanic Mechanics

(Review by Steve T)
This is Mac Gollehon’s ninth album as a leader, but his list of guest credits is a veritable who's who of pop and disco, from the mildly impressive Chic and Rick James to the not at all impressive (to these ears): Duran Duran, Blondie and Mick Jagger. There's also a number of Latin artists, none of whom I've heard of and he's worked with a good Bowie and another, but I'll leave the reader guessing who they are and which is which.
The music is described as 'ground-breaking...a uniquely fresh and innovative...mix of jazz, blues and funk' but should also add hip-hop, Afro-beat, Latin, and soca, and expand on the term Jazz.
Everything seems thrown at the first track which ends up a mess with the second track even worse, but stick with it and track three delivers a coherent sound at last, his trumpet leading something reminiscent of seventies Jazz Funk just before its collapse into smooth Jazz, but with elements of hip hop, a recurring theme and one of the most effective in its understatement; no lengthy, bad taste raps here.
Elegancia is vintage Roy Ayers, complete with sampling, and there's even some scratching on Obscuridad but Amor Tragico is a Euro pop too far and an album low.
I'm not sure what the point is of an alternative version of the opening track but there's a fine closer featuring muted horn, which brings the whole thing back to you know who - well he is a trumpet player - giving a sense that late Miles Doo Bop via Tutu has been underpinning the whole thing.
The album opener makes more sense on second play as a kind of statement of intent, but some may find the albums' claim of a 'successful marriage of styles' more a weakness, with diluted versions of its various parts spread too thin. Overall it feels like a compilation album although compilations generally have more stylistic consistency, but there's some good music to be found and it's fun for all the family.
Currently available on True Groove Records.
Steve T.
Mac Gollehon, Tomás Doncker (Elegancia), Tina Torres, Miguel Valdez, Josh David (vocals); Mac Gollehon (Trumpet & Trombone); Miguel Valdez, Baba Don, Ronnie Roc (Percussion); Mike Griot (Bass); Tomás Doncker (Guitars); Afrikan Sciences (Eric Porter) (DJ).

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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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