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Bebop Spoken There

Howard Riley: “When I started out playing jazz back in the late 50s, early 60s, if you wanted a gig you had to learn some standards.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Eric Harland: “I love swing and I’m always going to swing but I also know that you can take a hip-hop groove and improvise with that just like you would with a swing pattern.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Today Saturday April 29

Afternoon

1pm: Dean Stockdale Trio. 2:30pm: Abbie Finn Quartet 4pm: Rick Laughlin Trio - Quakerhouse, Mechanics’ Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 01325 245052. 1:00-5:00pm. Free (donations).

Evening

Dave O’Higgins with Durham Alumni Big Band - Majestic Theatre, Bondgate, Darlington DL3 7JT. Support set by Durham County Youth Big Band (7:15pm). £12.00. (+ concs).

Late night jam session - Quakerhouse, Mechanics’ Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 01325 245052.10:30pm. Free.

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Ruby Turner - Alnwick Playhouse. 7:30pm. £21.00. & £20.00.

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Fever & Friends - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE333 3NG. 7:30pm. £12.00. 0191 454234.

Bradley Johnston (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.

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

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

CD Review: Thundercat Presents "Drunk"

(Review by Steve T)
I wanted to review this ahead of the Gateshead International Jazz Festival where Miles Mosley, the other 'West Coast Get Down' bass player, is playing the Northern Rock Foundation Hall late Saturday night. Some may say it isn't Jazz but when did that ever stop me! Others may claim it's the very future of Jazz.
Kamazi Washington is the most easily recognisably Jazz, nephew of Trane, Flying Lotus is the innovative producer, Kendrick Lamar the rapper but it's the Jazz end of hip-hop rather than the punkrock look how rebellious I am. Thundercat is the funk end.

It's actually rather low-key for an album by a bass player called Thundercat. It's reminiscent of the Brothers Johnstone and Alphonso Johnstone (unrelated).
When Quincy Jones unleashed the brothers he nicknamed them thunder thumbs and lightning licks and they were essentially a funk band who arrived at Jazz funk from the other end. Louis was one of the most revered bass players in funk but it's the weakness of guitarist brother Michael’s vocals which bear comparison to those of Thundercat.
These are beefed up on Show you the Way by guests Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins and you may have heard this on BBC Radio. Other tracks feature Kendrick Lamar, Wiz Khalifa and Pharrell Williams and, as with Lamar’s last album, there's an Isleys cover though here it's barely recognisable.
A review in one of the broadsheets took the opportunity to compare the inclusion of McDonald with Jaco playing with moany Joni, but this sounds more like the disappointing solo albums of Alphonso Johnstone, bass player in Weather Report before Jaco, considered by many, Santana included, to be their finest ever line-up.
If you aren't already, you should keep an ear on the 'West Coast Get Down' and Miles Mosley would be a great way to start, but once those tickets have gone, if three CDs of Kamazi Washingtons Epic seems a bit much, you could do worse than this.  
Out now.

Steve T.
S Bruner (vocals, bass, programming).
M McDonald (vocals, keyboards); K Loggins, K Lamar, C Thomaz, P Williams (vocals); K Washington (sax); D Hamm (keyboards); C Dickerson, T Graves (keyboards, programming); S Ellison (synthesiser, programming); Z Zekoff (programming); Z Carney (guitar); L Cole (drums, keyboards, programming); D Parks (drums); S Burris (synth bass); M Atwood-Ferguson (strings). 

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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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