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Bebop Spoken There
Alan Broadbent: “I really enjoy working with some singers. It depends. Again, there has to be a give and take between the two of us. Otherwise, it’s just a job and I’m too old for that now.” – (Jazz Times February 2015).
Alan Broadbent: “As soon as I heard where Georgia [Mancio] was coming from, and the tradition in terms of songwriting and her appreciation of standards, it was basically the same as mine.” – (Jazzwise April 2017)
Tees Hot Club w. Bruce Taylor (keys); John Brett (tenor); Ray Dales (alto) - Dorman's, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - The Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees. 8:30pm.
Paul Skerritt Band - Pennyweight, Bakehouse Hill, Darlington DL1 5QA. 9pm. Free.
To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.
Saturday, July 16, 2016
Zhenya Strigalev Trio @ The Globe Jazz Bar, Newcastle - July 15.
Zhenya Strigalev (alto/electronics); Michael Janisch (bs. gtr/electronics); Marc Ayza (dms).
(Review by Lance).
All the tables were occupied, and so they should be, for this cosmopolitan power trio (Russian, American, Spanish respectively) gave a blistering performance that went straight for the jugular almost at once. I say almost as the opening few bars of Moonlight Serenade caused an eyebrow or two to be raised. Moonlight Serenade quickly gave way to that other Glenn Miller favourite - In the Mood. This was an In the Mood the like of which you've never heard before! Frantic, wild - if Miller had played it like this the Luftwaffe would have headed for home and the safety of Beethoven and Brahms without a bomb being dropped - at least not by them!
Strigalev is an amazing alto player taking the instrument to distant galaxies conquering the universe like an improvising Genghis Khan. Spurred on by Janisch and Ayza and aided by delays, reverbs and other forms of electronic wizardry this was truly an 'out of body' experience!
At the finale of the piece, there was a split second of silence before the audience, realising they'd landed safely, erupted with vociferous applause.
And so it continued, free improv. hard bop, fusion, jazz rock, Latin were all in the mix - sometimes simultaneously.
Although Strigalev's English is better than my Russian, indeed some may say it's better than my English, I didn't always catch the titles. There was one about taking off your socks (I think) with lots of electronic effects, a nod towards Sonny Rollins with Some Thomas (sic) a jaunty rhythm with a drum solo that was above and beyond 'jaunty'! and, to close the set, I Am Illegible?
A bottle of Hobgoblin, a word with Michael Janisch who, incidentally, had some awesome moments on bass guitar, raffle drawn, band reassembled then once more we were off to the races.
Georgia In My Mind based, not on Hoagy's classic but on Sweet Georgia Brown. This Georgia Brown certainly "knocked 'em dead". Wondering About Swing began swingingly before moving in a not unpleasant contemporary direction. Others included more originals such as Strange Party; Underage and Happy Professors.
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.)