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Bebop Spoken There

Artie Shaw: “I'm not interested in giving people what they want--I'm interested in making music.” – (DownBeat October 15, 1939).

Jason Marsalis: “There's so many places that this music can go and there's a lot yet to be discovered.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Sunday March 18


Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 12 noon. Free.

Jason Isaacs & the Ambassadors of Swing - Hoochie Coochie, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. 5:30pm (doors 4:00pm). £16.00.

Revolutionaires - Tyne Bar, Maling St, Newcastle NE6 1LP. 3pm. Free.

Somethin’ Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 5:00pm. Tel: 01325 788564. Matt Case (saxophone) & Mike Hepple (guitar).


POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER! Zoë Gilby Quartet - Black Bull, Bridge Street, Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8:00pm. £5.00. Rescheduled August 19.

Alter Ego - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00.

Bradley Johnston - The Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 6:00pm. Free. New weekly residency.

Gypsy Dave Smith - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, December 16, 2016

CD Review: Peter Kavanaugh - Look For the Silver Lining

Peter Kavanaugh (guitar); DJ Bonebrake (vibes - drums 1 track); Jonathan Dane (trumpet - 3 tracks); Kyle O'Donnell (sax - 2 tracks); Jervier Vergara (sax - 1 track); David Tobocman (piano - 2 tracks); Paul Eckman (bass); Mark San Filippo (drums - 8 tracks).
(Review by Lance.)
What can I say? Impeccably played, a choice selection of standards, not a chord or a note out of place, just about as perfect a disc as you could get for that dinner party, that intimate tete-a-tete where you want the music to suit the mood but not to intrude.
It's more than easy-listening and certainly not elevator music but it doesn't quite light the blue touchpaper.
Last year I reviewed Kavanaugh's album, Whisper Not which, I felt, had a little more punch. Don't get me wrong this is still a fine album that, in many ways, reminds us that there is still a west coast/east coast divide [jazzwise] in the USA.
Having said all that, it will still, most likely, be the one I'm playing as I slice the venison on Christmas Day - well I could hardly play Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer with a clear conscience!
Look For the Silver Lining; East of the Sun; It's a Raggy Waltz; Sunny; Let's Fall in Love; I Didn't Know What Time it Was; La Rosita; Our Day Will Come; Blue and Then You.
A fine selection although I would hardly call East of the Sun a 'lesser known standard' and, only knowing Our Day Will Come from Matt Monro, I'd hardly call it an 'R & B' gem although a gem it certainly is - One of Bob Hilliard's.
Perfect music to relax to, maybe a little dancing and, afterward, maybe...

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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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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.)
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