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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
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, March 13, 2017

CD Review: Jason Anick & Jason Yeager - United

Jason Anick (violin/mandolin); Jason Yeager (piano) + (on various tracks) - Greg Loughman (bass); Mike Connors (drums); John Lockwood (bass); Jerry Leake (perc.); Jason Palmer (trumpet); Clay Lyons (alto); George Garzone (tenor). 
(Review by Lance).
Anick and Yeager, now fellow Berklee instructors, have collaborated musically since their teenage years. That they have a natural empathy shows here - the chemistry is there. Anick can certainly swing on those occasions where it's demanded as well doing a little contemporary probing. Yeager is the ideal sparring partner/confidante in the manner of Brubeck and Desmond all those years ago. Feeding each other lines, drawing mutual inspiration musical soulmates.

For me, the icing on the cake is the tracks augmented by one or other of the horn players. The third Jason (Palmer) is particularly impressive on Harlem Hoedown, Clay Lyons shines on the appropriately named Bird's Eye View and Garzone flies on Turbulent Power. Most of the compositions are by either of the co-leaders with the exceptions being George Harrison's Something where Anick manages to coax some appealing sounds from his mandolin, so much so, it sounds more like a guitar - I wonder, did he do away with the double strings? The album concludes with the ubiquitous All Blues.
Special mention of Yeager's homage to Billy Strayhorn in the lyrical Sweet Pea I doubt if even Duke could have done it better! Joshua Redman is also honoured with Anick's Well Red.
All in all, an enjoyable album .it won't make the car stereo but neither will it be dispatched to the Oxfam Shop.
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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