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Bebop Spoken There

Les Paul: "Okay so you make great sounds. The people you're playing for, they work all day, they don't go to music schools and study harmony. They pay their dough, they come in, they listen. If they don't understand what you're doing, they walk out. What are you supposed to do, tie 'em with a rope whilst you explain you're playing great music?" - (Down Beat June 15, 1951).

Jack Perciful: "Unless you're playing somewhere like Carnegie Hall, in the States, the piano is the last thing they buy. When they've got ten dollars left over they go buy a piano." - (Crescendo October 1971.)

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

Today Sunday May 28

Afternoon.
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
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Mark Williams (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Northumberland Park, Tynemouth Rd., Tynemouth NE30 2HA. 3pm. Free.
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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.
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Evening
Cancelled! Young Musicians Jam Session - Quakerhouse, Mechanics' Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 6pm. Cancelled!
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Billy Bootleggers All Star House Band w. Teresa Watson - 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.

Friday, January 20, 2017

CD Review: Miguel Zenon - Tipico

Miguel Zenon (alto); Luis Perdomo (piano); Hand Glawischnig (bass); Henry Cole (drums).
(Review by Lance).
One hell of an alto player! This was my first thought as Zenon soared through the changes of the opener - Academia. A tune, seemingly, inspired by his tutorial role at the New England Conservatory. After hearing this, his students will either change direction and become librarians on Rhode Island or, with much diligence, eventually, become headliners at Birdland.
Zenon is a player making waves in New England but has, to the best of my knowledge, not yet connect(icut)ed in Old England. At least, not this far north.
His playing is a delight, I'm reminded of my early recollections of Art Pepper before he got into the Coltrane thing. This is a sort of halfway house between those two periods of Pepperami which, to my mind is just about the ideal place. You've got the drive, the reaching out to the unknown, but there's also the fluidity and that hint of romance in Zenon's playing. This latter quality is best displayed in Sangre Di Me Sangre - a balladic tribute to his daughter. Few daughters have been shown so much instrumental love on record.
Piano, bass and drums are well featured both in support and solo. Indeed, even without the leader, these guys could cut it and cut it good!
There's much more profundity here than I can offer, not least the question as to why there are guitar players on the cover,  seeing as there ain't no guitars on the album which, in itself, gives the disc a two-star start.
Lance.

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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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