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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 Sunday June 25

Afternoon.
Joel Byrne McCullough (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
Mitch Laddie Band - Tyne Bar, Maling St., Newcastle. 3pm. Free.
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.
Somethin' Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 01325 788564. 5pm. Weekly.
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Tyne Valley Big Band - Herding Hill Farm, Shield Hill, Haltwhistle NE49 9NW. 2pm. Support from Tyne Valley Youth Jazz Ensemble. 01434 320175.
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Evening
Jake Steels Quintet - Quakerhouse, Mechanics' Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 6pm.
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Hokum Hotshots-- Billy Bootleggers - 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday June 26

Afternoon.
Jazz in the Afternoon - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

CD Review: Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra - Basically Baker.

There was something about the great big bands - they all brought an identifiable sound to the [turn]table. You rarely needed to look at the label to know if it was Dorsey, Goodman, Shaw or Miller. Likewise, Ellington and Basie. Later, Gillespie, Raeburn, Thornhill, Kenton and Herman moved things forward. When touring bands became uneconomical the rehearsal, occasional gig, big bands appeared - both high and low profile. In the former category, the bands of Jones/Lewis and Clarke/Boland spring to mind. Kenny Wheeler and Mike Gibbs and, of course, Wynton's Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra.
David Baker absorbed all these influences and shared them over many years in Downbeat articles and analyses of various aspects of jazz.
Perhaps the first great jazz educator.
The Buselli-Wallarab Orchestra take the man's music to the top level and Baker, who died on March 26 this year, would surely be proud of this double CD, the second album, devoted to his compositions. The one non-Baker piece is Dizzy's Bebop but it isn't really an exception as the request was by Dizzy himself to put his (Baker's) own stamp on it!
Randy Brecker, Wayne Wallace and Dave Stryker have featured tracks but the bulk is done by the band soloists and they hit paydirt every time! I'm going to be playing this one long after the other discs in the In Tray have had their, mandatory, one play before becoming a coffee table placemat (must buy a bigger coffee table). 
I doubt if there will be a better big band CD [double] this year or any year until they make Basically Baker Vol 3. If you only ever buy one post-Swing Era big band record - check this one out first!
Lance.
Tony Kadleck, Scott Belck, Graham Breedlove, Jeff Conrad, Mark Buselli, Pat Harbison (tpt); Tim Coffman, Freddie Mendoza, Brennan Johns (tbn); Rich Dole (bs. tmb); Tom Walsh, Bill Sears, Rich Perry, Rob Dixon, Ned Boyd (saxes); Celeste Holler-Seraphinoff (horn); Luke Gillespie (pno); Mitch Shiner (vibs); Monika Herzig (celeste); Dan Perantoni (tuba); Jeremy Allen ( bs); Steve Houghton (dms). + Randy Brecker (tpt);  David Stryker (gtr); Wayne Wallace (tmb). 

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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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