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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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Monday, September 19, 2016

CD Review: Steve Heckman - Legacy; A Coltrane Tribute.

Steve Heckman (ten/sop); Grant Levin (pno); Eric Markovitz (bs); Smith Dobson V (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Steve Heckman says, in the album notes, In 2016 there seems to be an obsession with 'innovation'. I don't know that there is room for everyone to be an 'innovator'. In this regard, I hear a lot of new, very angular music that has the veneer of being 'current' and 'hip', though often not very melodic. Heckman elaborated further but I didn't need to  read more, this man echoed my inner thoughts and I knew I'd love this CD before the needle hit the groove as we used to say back in the days when Benny was a Goodboy and Duke hadn't even been knighted!
I'm not disappointed. A tribute to Coltrane's middle period - before he became involved in that other stuff!.
Heckman is a beautiful, lyrical player. It's Easy to Remember makes it easy to remember that 'Trane could blow a ballad better than most - a quality Steve has inherited in spades. He swings and who couldn't with Grant Levin on piano, Markovitz on bass and Dobson V behind the kit. 
The Legacy is aptly named - Giant Steps revisited or should that be updated? Whatever, it is one solo that could be my solo of the year - or at least tonight!
With Dear Lord, we delve into John Coltrane's spirituality. If these guys were playing in a church near me - I'd be having a Damascus moment!
The Promise has our man on soprano and, dare I say it without the threat of a thunderbolt from the heavens? but I like Heckman's soprano sound better than that of the great man himself!
Reverand King: Fifth House; Wise One; Resolution complete the album. You won't hear many better discs this year.
If you're voting in Down Beat then Steve Heckman's a good each way bet in both tenor and soprano categories - I wonder, do Ladbrokes give odds?
Lance.
Available October 7 on Jazzed Media.

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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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