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Number 22 in World Jazz Blog Rankings

Bebop Spoken There

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 Saturday April 29

Afternoon

1pm: Dean Stockdale Trio. 2:30pm: Abbie Finn Quartet 4pm: Rick Laughlin Trio - Quakerhouse, Mechanics’ Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 01325 245052. 1:00-5:00pm. Free (donations).

Evening

Dave O’Higgins with Durham Alumni Big Band - Majestic Theatre, Bondgate, Darlington DL3 7JT. Support set by Durham County Youth Big Band (7:15pm). £12.00. (+ concs).

Late night jam session - Quakerhouse, Mechanics’ Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 01325 245052.10:30pm. Free.

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Ruby Turner - Alnwick Playhouse. 7:30pm. £21.00. & £20.00.

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Fever & Friends - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE333 3NG. 7:30pm. £12.00. 0191 454234.

Bradley Johnston (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.

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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, July 25, 2016

CD Review: Engelbert Wrobel's Swing Society - 20 Years.

Engelbert Wrobel (clt/ten/sop);  Dan Barrett (tmb/tpt); Chris Hopkins (pno); Rolf Marx (gtr); Ingmar Heller (bs); Oliver Mewes (dms). + string quartet.
(Review by Lance).
Colin Aitchison kindly passed on this disc to me for review - unfortunately, he didn't give me the magnifying glass (unless Ann Alex has nicked it!)  If CD booklets were printed in black and white we'd have a chance but, in the name of art, they're invariably in two shades so close that even if the letters were 24pt capitals it would still be difficult to read without your bifocals!
In this case, it doesn't matter as the music speaks for itself. Lovely mainstream/swing that brings to mind Goodman's Sextet, the Gramercy Five (sans harpsichord); John Kirby; Dave Shepherd; Harry Parry. Wrobel, as fluent a clarinet player as any of the current crop, although George McDonald and Matthias Seuffert run him close; also plays soprano and tenor. Maybe I'm wrong but I guess that clarinet is his main instrument. Likewise, Dan Barrett who, as well as playing mighty fine trombone, also sneaks in on trumpet. His composition Long Live the King is a tribute to Benny Goodman although it could easily have been applied to Jack Teagarden after his trombone solo. 
Serenade in Blue, with the string quartet added,  is a knicker dropper of a song for ladies of  'a certain age'! The problem  for 'gentlemen of a certain age' is in following it through! Best just to enjoy the piano solo and dream...  A solid rhythm section and an occasional, pleasing, intrusion by the string quartet make this the kind of band you wish you could hear more often at your local jazz club. Oscar Pettiford's Tricotism features Heller. A helluva bass player!
A cracking CD.'
Buy/sample.
Lance.

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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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