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Toots Thielemans: "The basic thing is that I play the harmonica as an instrument, not a toy." (DownBeat September 23, 1953).

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Today Thursday January 17

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Mark Williams & Joel Byrne-McCullough - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £6.00. (£3.00. student).

Tees Hot Club w. Noel Dennis (tpt); Dave Stansfield (ten sax); Dave Archbold (keys) - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free.

Maine Street Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Hollywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:30pm. Free.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

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

Monday, May 08, 2017

CD Review: George Colligan - More Powerful

George Colligan (piano); Nicole Glover (tenor/soprano); Linda May Han Oh (bass); Rudy Royston (drums).
(Review by Lance).
Whiffle Ball kicks off this appropriately titled album*. It's a goer! Four musicians with whom I hadn't previously been acquainted with although I should have guessed that anything from the Janisch/Whirlwind stable ain't going to be a gelded selling plater.
Far from it, an unblinkered front runner - a stayer.
Colligan, this is album number 28 for him as leader (where have I been all these years?), plays powerhouse piano, driving, supporting, soloing - a name to reckon with.
Nicole Glover, described as a rising saxophonist, is all that and more. Tenor or soprano she helps lift the already skyborn trio even higher which is no mean feat. Linda May and Rudy Royston are longtime collaborators with Colligan and a great team in their own right as the trio tracks prove. Ms. Glover pushes them and herself to the boundaries of musical insanity whilst keeping the white coats at bay. No straightjackets needed.
It's not all shooting for distant galaxies, there's many tender moments even in Retrograde Pluto which suggests that that far distant planet may be warmer than the astronomers think. Linda May's bass intro and Colligan's follow up is cool without being cold. Linda May brings in Southwestern Silence in a similar vein with Colligan picking up the emotive mood.
Empty has Nicole at full speed on tenor.
The Nash is wild improv and totally accessible. It's inspired by a club in Phoenix, Arizona, and described as unashamedly jaunty, even anarchic. It's all of those things and more. There was a time when the Original Dixieland Jazz Band was described as anarchic and that was a 100 years ago. One wonders...
Lance.
*More Powerful inspired by the first Star Wars movie but I won't hold that against him! 
Available June 30 -Whirlwind WR4708 - although it can be preordered on Amazon (and, I'm sure, via any city centre record store. There's still a few - support them!).

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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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