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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 06, 2017

CD Review: Jeff Rupert & Richard Drexler - Imagination.

Jeff Rupert (tenor); Richard Drexler (piano).
(Review by Lance).
What a gem! Why did I procrastinate? Superb tenor, piano playing on a par.
Recorded live at Timucua Arts White House in Orlando, Fl back in June 2015 the music just flows. Tenor and piano gel supporting and feeding off each other. It's no surprise that, presumably when he was very young, both Mel Tormé and Maynard Ferguson laid high praise on Jeff Rupert and praise from those two doesn't come much higher. Drexler played piano with the Woody Herman Band for 20 years as well as playing bass in the trios of Kenny Drew Jr., and Dick Hyman - not a bad CV (he's also a faculty member of the University of Central Florida's acclaimed jazz studies program, along with Rupert).
Tonally, Jeff Rupert is Getzian rather than Coltranic but, hey, there's room for both whilst Drexler is that kind of pianist, a man for all seasons, a bit like the late Hank Jones. Give him the gig, he'll do it and probably better than anyone else in contention.
With the exception of Rupert's composition My Mistress' Eyes (based on a Shakespearian sonnet) the music is based around a choice selection of gas book/jazz book material which, in these days of "you've gotta play originals" is, at least in the UK, practically a hanging offence!
Without a Song (Vincent Youmans); I Can't Help It (Stevie Wonder); Snowfall (Claude Thornhill); Strange Meadowlark (Dave Brubeck); Imagination (Jimmy Van Heusen); A Felicidade (Jobim); My Mistress' Eyes (Jeff Rupert); Soul Eyes (Mal Waldron). 
I'm going to be playing this on the car stereo - BSH's equivalent of a Grammy nomination.
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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