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Allison Neale: “It’s difficult if you play mainstream in the UK, it isn’t appreciated enough. The current scene seems to focus on musician-composers.” - (Jazz Journal April 2013).

Liam Noble: “I know some people think playing standards is old-fashioned but I love it.” – (Jazz Journal January 2016).

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Monday February 20

Afternoon.
Jazz in the Afternoon - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
Evening.
Holy Moly & The Crackers + Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra - The Cluny, Lime St., Newcastle. 7pm. £10.
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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Kenton Presents Bob Cooper

Bob Cooper (ten); Bud Shank (bar); Howard Roberts (gtr); Claude Williamson (pno)*; Joe Mondragon (bs)**; Curtis Counce (bs)*; Shelly Manne (dms)**; Stan Levey (dms)*.
*July 30, 1954. ** May 7/14, 1954.
As I continue my alphabetical trip down memory lane delving into the world of 10" vinyl the letter C presents a problem. Two great discs - Something Cool by June Christy or Kenton Presents Bob Cooper - which one? The choice is made even more difficult due to the fact that many of the musicians on the Cooper disc are also on the Christy album. Not only that, Cooper and Christy were also married! However, as they're now long gone (Christy, 1990, Cooper, 1993), it shouldn't cause any matrimonial friction when I've chosen Coop's album, despite thinking that Something Cool is one of the greatest jazz vocal albums ever!

Cooper epitomised the cool school of tenor playing, swinging and sounding just that little bit harder than Getz did at the time. Shank, on baritone, lets us know that Mulligan wasn't the only cat playing baritone on the west coast. Howard Roberts, himself a legend on guitar, provides the contrast to the horns. Four originals and four standards - Polka Dots and Moonbeams; The Way You Look Tonight; When the Sun Comes Out and She Didn't Say Yes.
West Coast Jazz has been much maligned over the years but, listening to this, most definitely a miscarriage of justice!
Pick up on local band Lickety Split to realise that the west coast of America is alive and well on the east coast of England!
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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