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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).

Number 22!

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
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
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.
Chris James & Martin Fletcher - Billy Bootleggers - 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Imelda May - Sage Gateshead. 7pm. £38.20/£27.30 VIP Option £104.
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Hokum Hotshots - National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland SR6 0GL. 7:30pm. £27.50. Tel: 0191 515 5555. ‘Bourbon & Blues’ three course meal - booking essential.
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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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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, January 09, 2017

CD Review: The Fred Hughes Trio - Matrix

Fred Hughes (piano); Amy Shook (bass); Frank Russo (drums).
(Review by Lance).
Great piano playing, great trio. If I'd heard this live at a gig in Washington DC or even in the UK's Washington CD (County Durham) I'd have been the first in line to buy the CD after what, I'm sure, would have been a great concert.
Classics by Brubeck. Corea, Evans, Hancock, Silver alongside I Got Rhythm, Bach's Two-Part Invention, No. 4 and Tchaikovsky's Andante Cantabile. This latter piece is from Peter Ilyich T's Fifth Symphony and was also recorded by various vocalists, including Sinatra and Al Bowlly as Moon Love. Perhaps Tchaikovsky was the first great tunesmith!
Yes, an essential purchase after the gig.
However, not having heard this at a gig, the thought arises, I've got all this stuff by the originators: Brubeck, Corea etc. Louissier did the Bach stuff and as fine a pianist as Hughes is I doubt if he'd pull me away from the originals.
Also, piano trios abound. Every city in the world probably has more than one. In the North-East of England, and indeed, in most parts of the UK, we have piano trios to take on the world - this Thursday [January 12] at The Globe there is one such gig to back-up my claim.*
An excellent disc that would have benefited from less obvious material but, having said that, It's well worth checking out.
Lance
*Alan Glen Trio - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle. January 12, 8pm.
The Fred Hughes Trio - Matrix is available January 16 - samples.

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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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