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Bebop Spoken There

Michael Feinstein: “Fred Astaire is my favorite singer. To me, he was the perfect interpreter of American popular song.” – (Jazz Times December 2014).

Bud Shank: “Once I saw California – that was it, I stayed.” – (Jazz Journal May 1991)

Archives.

Today Sunday February 26.

Afternoon.
Mark Williams (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
More Jam - Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free.
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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
Maine St. Jazzmen - Seaton Sluice Social Club, Collywell Bay Rd., Seaton Sluice NE26 4QZ. 8pm. £4.
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Shaun Henderson Band - Quakerhouse, Mechanics Yard, Darlington. 6pm. £5.
Jazz Jam - Empty Shop, 35c Framwellgate Bridge, Durham DH1 4SY. 7:30pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

CD Review: Alyssa Allgood - Out of the Blue.

Alyssa Allgood (voice); Chris Madsen (sax); Dan Chase (organ); Tim Fitzgerald (guitar); Matt Plaskota (drums)
(Review by Lance).
This is like hearing Annie Ross for the first time way back when she hung out with Jon Hendricks and Dave Lambert. Alyssa has that same scat/vocalese feel to the bebop lines that much of Out of the Blue is based on.
The opener, Watch me Walk Away picks up on Hank Mobley's Dig Dis and Allgood wordlessly weaves her vocal around Hank's solo - All good so far! Noticing the Moment, based on Coltrane's Moment's Notice from 'Trane's Blue Train Blue Note Album (which also just happens to be my favourite album by Coltrane) Madsen chips in without loss of face.
In fact, all the originals that Allgood got her inspiration from were Blue Note recordings. hence the album title.
It's You or No One, diggin' Dex on this one with some vocalese based on Gordon's solo. Alyssa trades fours with drummer Plascota.
Speak no Evil, Wayne Shorter's opus is followed by Sam Rivers' Beatrice - this girl loves her tenor players!
Horace Silver's Peace is suitably tranquil whilst Joe Henderson's If  leaves no doubt that, like the composer, Madsen can blow! Dan Chase comes in at just the right time. After recent local gigs by Ross Stanley and Gerry Richardson, Chase makes one believe that all good things do come in threes!
Only a Memory, based on Lee Morgan's Ceora, has a relaxed sentimental feel with Allgood's lyric adding to the mood. Moanin' has fours with voice/tenor, guitar solo and unison blasts with voice and tenor. 
Joe Chambers' Mirrors rounds off an album that brings an appealing new singer to our attention.
Available October 7 on JeruJazz Records.
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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