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Buddy Rich: "You either swing a band or you don't swing a band - (Metronome April 1956).

Sinclair Traill: “Well I don't think he (Chet Baker) can sing either.” – (Jazz Journal August 1956).

Submissions for review

Whilst we appreciate the many emails, texts, messages and other communications we receive requesting album/gig reviews on BSH, regrettably, we are unable to reply to them all other than those we are able to answer with a positive response.
Similarly, CDs received by post will only be considered if accompanied by sufficient background material.
Finally, bear in mind that this is a jazz-based site when submitting your album.
Lance

Today Thursday December 14

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., nr. Newcastle NE27 0DA. 1:00pm. Free.

Interim Recitals (Final Year Music Students) - Recital Room, Armstrong Building, Newcastle University NE1 7RU. Inc. Ben Richardson (jazz piano) 10:00am.

Evening.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter’s Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. 8:30pm.

Indigo Jazz Voices - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00.

Durham University Big Band - Riverside Bar, Dunelm House, New Elvet, Durham DH1 3AN. 8:30pm (doors 8:00pm). Free admission. The band’s ‘Jazzy Christmas 5’.

Christmas Swing w Danny Reed - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE33 1ES. 7:00pm. £18.95.

Tees Hot Club w. Richie Emmerson (tenor); Dave Archibold (keys) - Dorman’s, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. 8:00pm. Free Xmas Party Night.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

WCEA Big Band - Whitburn Church of England Academy, Whitburn SR6 7EF. Tel: 0191 529 3712. 7:00-9:30pm. £4.00. (£10.00. family of three). Tickets must be purchased in advance by December 8th. ‘Christmas Swing-a-long’ to include school choir. Whitburn Academy competes regularly at the annual Great North Big Band Jazz Festival.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, September 12, 2016

CD Review: Ryan Quigley – What Doesn’t Kill You

Ryan Quigley (trumpet), Paul Booth (tenor saxophone, alto flute), Steve Hamilton (piano, Fender Rhodes), Michael Janisch (double bass) & Clarence Penn (drums)
(Review by Russell)
Prologue introduces Ryan Quigley. A short solo trumpet feature, the quality immediately apparent. Recorded in July 2014, Quigley’s new album What Doesn’t Kill You boasts the finest of line-ups. Joining the band leader is Paul Booth, reeds, Steve Hamilton, piano and Fender Rhodes, record label boss Michael Janisch, double bass and the brilliant American drummer Clarence Penn.

Doctor Stage, all eight minutes and twenty seconds of it, sizzles from note one. Tenor, of the searing variety, sets a killer pace and Quigley responds in style driven along by a bass and drums engine room working overtime. Ten tracks, bookended by solo trumpet pieces (Prologue and Epilogue), total some fifty-six minutes. Quigley wrote all ten compositions with one exception – Janisch’s Intro to Hymn to Their Homeland. All of the tunes on this  Whirlwind Recordings’ CD exhibit strong melodies, a cohesive, collective sound, and the   assured improvisational flights one would associate with Quigley and his band mates.

A wistful, neo-classical Fire Eyes gives way to the title track; Steve Hamilton’s brooding Fender Rhodes with something of a NYC downtown feel to it, Paul Booth’s fully formed tenor playing featuring prominently. Quigley’s inspiration, or starting point, is, perhaps, a love of the hard bop canon and the later contemplative explorations of John Coltrane and others. Two superb tracks – The Long Journey Home and Hymn to Their Homeland – are cornerstones of the album: the former roaring out of Messengers’ territory with Clarence Penn in commanding form behind a trumpet/tenor joust, the latter hears considered keys  from Steve Hamilton.

Say What You See is a penultimate tune blow out. Fifties hard bop is given a contemporary reading, the icons of music (Kenny Dorham, Lee Morgan, Johnny Griffin, Benny Golson) would have welcomed as equals to the stage Messrs Quigley, Booth, Hamilton, Janisch and Penn.                    
Russell

What Doesn’t Kill You by Ryan Quigley is available now on Whirlwind Recordings (WR4691).

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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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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