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Allison Neale: “It’s difficult if you play mainstream in the UK, it isn’t appreciated enough. The current scene seems to focus on musician-composers.” - (Jazz Journal April 2013).

Liam Noble: “I know some people think playing standards is old-fashioned but I love it.” – (Jazz Journal January 2016).

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Today Sunday February 19

Afternoon.
Nick Pride (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
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Evening
Lyndon Anderson Band - Bottle Bar & Kitchen, St. James Boulevard, Waterloo Sq., Newcastle NE1 4DN. 6pm. Free.
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Sunday, August 28, 2016

CD Review: Philip Clemo – Dream Maps - “To sleep perchance to dream”

(Review by Steve H)).
Maybe not jazz as you know it, but nevertheless, a marvellously original piece of work transcending genres from Pink Floyd to Steve Reich.  Aided by contributions from 21 musicians, Clemo is featured on voice, guitars, keyboards, electronics, treatments (?) and location sound recordings.
The opening Liberation is a dreamlike multi-layered ambient soundscape setting the tone for the rest of the album. 
Shadow Seas, a more sombre rhythmic affair, lifted with very effective background vocals. 
Magnetic, futuristic in a somewhat orchestral style. 
Lark begins almost morbidly before breaking into a very uplifting piece.
The Return of Familiarity, dominated by a single piano note played effectively over the ensemble. 
Water in the Flow, a powerful number again featuring very effective vocals accompanied by constant table-like rhythms. 
Burn is hauntingly eerie and atmospheric. 
Awaken Now perfectly evokes its title giving the impression of being awoken gracefully. 
Home is both charming and  graceful leaving one with a positive feel at the conclusion to a thoroughly enjoyable album.
Dream Maps has a very cinematic feel to it (which is not surprising given that Clemo is also a filmmaker) the listener is always kept interested and intrigued if not inspired.
Steve H.
Philip Clemo: voice, electric & acoustic guitars; keyboards; electronics; Evi Vine: voice; Arve Henriksen: trumpet, voice; Byron Wallen, Henry Lowther: trumpet, flugelhorn; Pip Eastop: French horn; Oren Marshall: tuba; Sarah Homer: clarinet, bass clarinet; Clive Bell: flute ; Kevin Pollard: piano, organ; Thomas Bloch: ondes martenot; glass harmonica; Emily Burridge, Peter Gregson: cello; B.J. Cole: pedal steel guitar; Phil Wheeler, Simon Hopkins: electric guitar; Simon Edwards: electric bass, double bass; John Edwards: double bass;  Nikko Grosz: electric bass; Martin Ditcham: drums, percussion; Dirk Wachtelaer, Martin France: drums.

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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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