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Alan Luff: “The general view is that Ella’s songbook recordings are the supreme exemplars of sophistication, fine diction and creative voice in the wide field of popular music.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

Steve Voce: “Most of us have been crashed into by cretins who walk along the road absorbed in the screens of their mobile phones.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

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Bebop Spoken Here is currently listed at number 22 in the WORLD JAZZ BLOG Rankings!

Today Friday May 26

Afternoon
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Paul Wilkinson - St. Nicholas Cathedral, St. Nicholas Square, Newcastle NE1 1PF. 1:05pm. Retiring collection.
Mark Williams/Joel Byrne McCullough - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Ruth Lambert Quartet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm, £7 (£6 in advance.)
Hand to Mouth (Lindsay Hannon/Bradley Johnston) - High Friars Lane (Tyneside Cinema), Free, al fresco, 8pm. food and drink available.
?????????? - Billy Bootleggers - 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8pm. Free.
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Imelda May - Sage Gateshead. 7pm. £38.20/£27.30 VIP Option £104.
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Strictly Smokin' Big Band - Ushaw College, nr. Durham. 7:30pm. £7.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.
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Monday, October 10, 2016

CD Review: Quinsin Nachoff - Flux.

Quinsin Nachoff (tenor sax); David Binney (alto sax); Matt Mitchell (keyboards); Kenny Wollesen  (drums).
(Review by Steve H).
Flux refers, not only to the transition between modern jazz and contemporary classical music, but also to the time when composer Nachoff was moving from Toronto to New York City.
The quartet’s structure is odd, two saxophones juxtaposed against keyboards and drums and no bass. 
Band leaders in their own right, the quality of their playing resonates throughout an interesting, bold and complex piece of work.
Tightrope opens with a fairly gentle introduction before the saxes square up to drums and keyboards. The mood moving from ‘gentle and relaxing’, to skronking, cacophonous rock.
Complimentary Offerings has a classical piano solo embedded which leads into a klezmer like sax interlude. 
There’s a pleasant melodic opening to Mind’s Ear 1 that segues into a quiet piano section before reprising the beginning.
A buzzy electronic rat-ta-ta-tat intro to the second lobe, Mind’s Ear 2, leads to wild, uplifting, saxophone domination. The whole quartet contributes to the mayhem with drums and piano thrashing it out to the very end. 
Astral Echo Poem, an anagram of its primary influence Brazilian composer Hermeto Pascoal, is perhaps the most mellow and melodious piece on the album.
Finally Tilted, a harder, rockier, piece reminds us of where we began this listening journey.
Steve H
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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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