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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)

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Today Saturday February 25

Afternoon

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Devonport Hotel, 16-18 The Front, Middleton One Row, Darlington DL2 1AS. 01325 332255. 1:30pm. Free.

Evening

Bradley Johnston (Solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.

Redemption - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5.

Rendezvous Jazz/ Levee Ramblers NOJB 'At the Jazz Band Ball 2' - The Exchange, Howard St., North Shields NE30 1SE. 7:30pm. £10/£8.50.

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

CD Review: Joshua Breakstone - The Cello Quartet: 88

Joshua Breakstone (gtr); Lisle Atkinson (bs); Andy Watson (dms); Mike Richmond (cello).
(Review by Lance).
As the review copies arrive in ever increasing numbers I'm enveloped in guilt. My postman is already bent and withered, and he's only a young man. The cat trembles at the sound of the combination of CDs  and Tandoori takeaway/pizza menus that land on the doormat.
I classify the discs - vocals for Ann or Debra; familiar contemporary. names for Russell; slightly outré for Hugh; ultra outré for Steve H and a combination of the lot for Steve T - particularly if there is a guitar in the mix. The rest are pigeon - holed for whichever charity shop I like least. Then there are the ones I know will hit my car stereo.
This is just such a one.
Breakstone is my kind of guitarist - like he swings! Not only that, Mike Richmond on cello also swings and cellos aren't noted for their  jazz pendulum qualities!
Superb playing on compositions by some of the best of the first and second generation of bebop masters. Harold Mabern's The Chief; Sonny Clark's' News For Lulu; Cedar Walton's Black; Soul Eyes from the pen of Mal Waldron; An original by Breakstone; Eighty-Eight; Elmo Hope's Moe Is On; Lolita by Barry Harris; Tadd Dameron's sumptuous If You Could See me Now and Lennie's Pennies - a piece composed by Lennie Tristano and guitarist Billy Bauer, probably back in the early 1950s.
Breakstone does the composers proud. Fluent hornlike soloing interspersed with rich chordal passages mark down Breakstone as a born again Christian [Charlie].
Richman, as I've remarked in previous reviews, occupies the area 'twixt guitar and bass and I'd have loved, by way of contrast, to have heard some bowed cello solos. The rich tonal qualities of the instrument are less obvious in pizzicato mode. Nevertheless, all that aside, this is still a very listenable disc and I know it will be played again and again even though I've now got Jazz FM on the car stereo - in fact, particularly because I've now got Jazz FM on the car stereo!
Available October 21 on Capri 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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