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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 Friday May 26

Afternoon
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Paul Wilkinson - St. Nicholas Cathedral, St. Nicholas Square, Newcastle NE1 1PF. 1:05pm. Retiring collection.
Mark Williams/Joel Byrne McCullough - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
Ruth Lambert Quartet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm, £7 (£6 in advance.)
Hand to Mouth (Lindsay Hannon/Bradley Johnston) - High Friars Lane (Tyneside Cinema), Free, al fresco, 8pm. food and drink available.
Chris James & Martin Fletcher - Billy Bootleggers - 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Imelda May - Sage Gateshead. 7pm. £38.20/£27.30 VIP Option £104.
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Hokum Hotshots - National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland SR6 0GL. 7:30pm. £27.50. Tel: 0191 515 5555. ‘Bourbon & Blues’ three course meal - booking essential.
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Strictly Smokin' Big Band - Ushaw College, nr. Durham. 7:30pm. £7.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

CD Review: Barney Kessel - Live At the Jazz Mill 1954

Barney Kessel (guitar); Pete Jolly (piano); Gene Stoffali (bass); Art Kile (drums).
(Review by Maurice J. Summerfield).
In 1954 Barney Kessel was only 31 years old yet he had already had been, in the late 1940’s, the featured guitarist in the Artie Shaw, Charlie Barnet and Benny Goodman bands.  In 1947 he was a member of Charlie Parker’s All Stars and, in 1952 -1953, toured the world with Norman Granz’s JATP package both as a soloist and as an integral part of the Oscar Peterson Trio.  
Kessel also featured as sideman/soloist on dozens of jazz recordings produced by Norman Granz including groups as disparate as those led by Lester Young, Benny Carter, Charlie Parker, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Anita O’Day, Kid Ory, Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson, Ben Webster, Harry Edison, Buddy De Franco, Buddy Rich and many other jazz greats.
Leonard Feather wrote in Downbeat, that Barney Kessel is as lyrical a guitarist as we have in jazz today, and is also a rhythmic natural who can outswing any man in the house.
This 62 years old, newly discovered, recording confirms that Feather was 100% correct. Taped by a, then 21-year old, jazz fan Jack Miller, the tracks have been selected from those recorded by Miller during Kessel’s ten-night residency at the ‘Jazz Mill’ club in Phoenix, Arizona backed by the Pete Jolly Trio.
The quality of the recording is surprisingly good.   Released 12 years after the great jazz musician’s death, this CD (also available on vinyl) shows Kessel at his swinging best and as such is a must for jazz guitar lovers.  Songs featured on the recording are Strike up the Band, How About You, Get Happy, Stardust, Seven come Eleven, Rose Room, Somebody Loves Me and Embraceable You.  Pete Jolly fans will also be delighted at the discovery of this early recording. 
Kessel is at the height of his powers here and one which I heartily recommend. My only small complaint is the CD, at 42.03 minutes, is a bit short by today’s norm although  vinyl fans might not complain!.
Maurice J. Summerfield.

1 comment :

  1. A new release, great! Off to JG Windows to see if they've got a vinyl copy!

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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.
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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.)
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