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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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Today 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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Sunday, November 13, 2016

CD Review: Burak Bedikyan - Awakening.

Burak Bedikyan (piano); Loren Stillman (alto); Ugonna Okegwo (bass); Donald Edwards (drums).
(Review by Lance).
Idée Fixe kickstarts the album off with a boppish head orbiting Stillman into an angular solo with a suggestion of Art Pepper hovering above. Bedikyan picks up the baton and runs with it. Bass makes the change passing it to Edwards for an explosive finish.
Another composition from the Turkish pianist/composer follows - all 9 pieces are by Bedikyan - Mother Earth being a more reflective, explorative experience.
All Alone's Latin feel makes for a relaxed, laid back setting that allows the soloists to float, seemingly effortlessly without any loss of intensity.
Unfair Blues and Stillman brings to mind, again, Pepper as well as Konitz, Shank, Geller maybe even Frank Morgan. Not a bad place to be. Bedikyan too shows just how important a pianist he has become since I reviewed his Circle of Life album a couple of years back.
The title track, Awakening, moves in a more contemporary direction without going off the rails. Perhaps Chick Corea has had a little influence.
Memory of a Fading Dream - a pastoral poem. Fading dreams, we've all had them, and this encompasses them whilst, at the same time, allowing Okegwo to somnambulate the bass.
Ad Infinitum Riff-based, it's appropriately named and didn't go on for too long (5:47).
Do Not Fear, the longest track at almost 10 minutes, is complex with changes of time, meter and mood and yet, the complexity makes it all the more compelling!
The All Seeing Eye takes us out as we came in. Some hard bop blowing, piano reminiscent of Sonny Clark.
Now that Blue Note has moved the goalposts maybe Steeplechase has replanted them!
Lance.
Available Steeplechase  SCCD 33129

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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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