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Bebop Spoken There

Ben Pollack: "The kind of people who go for the old style New Orleans jazz are the same kind of people who go in for collecting antiques." - (Down Beat May 5, 1950).

Flip Phillips: "I heard this band out in California. I think - Lu Waters, isn't it? They sure can march down the street but I wouldn't want to march with them!" - (Down Beat June 15, 1951).

Today Tuesday June 27

Evening
CANCELLED! Atlas - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:15pm. £10/£8 (conc.). JNE 'Women Make Music'.
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Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
Maine Street Jazzmen - British Legion Club, West Jesmond Ave., Newcastle NE2 3EX. 8:30pm. £5.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

CD Review: Andre Canniere – The Darkening Blue

Andre Canniere (trumpet), Brigitte Beraha (voice), Tori Freestone (tenor saxophone), Ivo Neame (piano, keyboards & accordion), Michael Janisch (electric & double bass) & Ted Poor (drums)
(Review by Russell)
Trumpeter Canniere writes: ‘…I’ve been crazy about the work of Rilke and Bukowski for some time.’ This is a third Whirlwind Recordings’ release by the London-based trumpeter featuring a total of ten compositions inspired by the above literary sources, of which, five incorporate the ‘voice’, as distinct from ‘vocals’, of Brigitte Beraha.

Stephen Mitchell’s translations of Rilke’s texts are interpreted by Beraha on tracks one to three, and again on tracks eight and nine. Andre Canniere states ‘So if I can turn listeners onto some great poetry [] then that’s great.’ Does the listener gain anything knowing The Darkening Blue was informed by literary texts? Does the music make a statement in, and of, itself? The musicianship is beyond reproach; Canniere is consistently impressive, Tori  Freestone’s tenor playing equally so, Ivo Neame switches from piano to keyboards (retro on occasion) to accordion, and label boss Michael Janisch works alongside drummer Ted Poor.

Stylistically, Canniere’s new CD embraces ‘art music’ texts, occasional swing time, and a Milesian fusion blow out vying with a drum ‘n’ bass section for up tempo honours. Andre Canniere’s The Darkening Blue is released on Whirlwind Recordings (WR4693) on 14 October. A British tour begins at the Pizza Express, London on 10 October, Birmingham 11, Wavendon 18, Dempseys, Cardiff 19, with other dates during November, concluding at JATP Jazz in Bradford on 16 December.

Russell.                     

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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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