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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 Sunday April 30

All Day.
Darlington Jazz Festival - details.
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International Jazz Day - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. From 2pm 'til late. Free - details.
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Strictly Smokin' Small Band - Gateshead Beer and Music Festival - Gateshead RFC, Eastwood Gdns., Low Fell NE9 5UB. £12 admission to beer festival. Band play 1:45pm - 2:35pm.
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Afternoon.
Joel Byrne McCullough - 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.
Evening
Nick Ross Orchestra (Glenn Miller) - Forum Theatre, Queensway, Billingham. 7:30pm. £22 (£20.50 conc.).
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

CD Review: Flying Machines.

Alex Munk (gtr); Matt Robinson (pno/keys); Conor Chaplin (el. bs.); Dave Hamblett (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Faultless musicianship? - without doubt! These guys really do create the image that they and their 'machines' are flying. Which, given that Munk's father, Roger Munk, was a renowned expert and world leader in the field of lighter than air technology, is no less than we would expect.
Centred on Munk's unique compositional approach, Flying Machines fuse visceral improvisation with anthemic melodies and lusciously textured soundscapes.
It's a sound shot, I'm told, of the 'here and now' of London's cutting-edge music scene, a decadent mash up of prog rock energy, free-wheeling improvisations and ambient meditations that never detract from the emotive lyricism at the music's core.
Well, who am I to argue with that? Although I might if I knew what it meant!.
Munk, is a fine guitarist and he shows a lyrical approach that, I suppose, encompasses the above elements without hurting anyone and, seeing as they are all his compositions, he does them justice - after all, you don't invent a game to get beat at it.
It's one of those discs that repeated listening brings out previously missed nuances; the unusual twist in the solo, the bass and drum interaction, the keyboard moments.
The blurb suggests a nod in the direction of Metheny and Mike Walker and you can hear it.
The CD is launched at The Vortex on October 14 and they play the Green Note as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival.
Next year they tour reaching Newcastle on February 28 for a JNE gig although this gig doesn't appear on the JNE or the FM website so maybe some clarification is required?
A word of warning - unless you have 20-20 vision the album notes are nearly unreadable and I hope prospective buyers don't judge a CD by its cover.
So what's new?
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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