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Bebop Spoken There

Grant Green Jr.: "One thing that most people--especially jazz cats--don't realise is that all of your jazz standards were once pop standards" - DownBeat July 2018).

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Bobby Sanabria: "Tito Puente was not a very tall man, but when he played the timbales he was a giant among men." - DownBeat July 2018).

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Today Tuesday June 19

Afternoon

Classic Swing - The Ship, Front St., Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.

Evening

Jam session - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. Free. Stu Collingwood, Paul Grainger, Matt MacKellar.

Mark Williams Trio - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB. Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

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

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

CD Review: Nat Steele - Portrait of the Modern Jazz Quartet

Nat Steele (vibes); Gabriel Latchin (piano); Dario Di Lecce (bass); Steve Brown (drums)
(Review by Lance)
Mention MJQ and two contrasting images spring to mind. The early quartet which, I believe begun life as the rhythm section of the Dizzy Gillespie Big Band who, when they left to form what was initially the Milt Jackson Quartet (same initials get it?), breathed a breath of fresh air into 1950's small group modern jazz. Driven originally by bop drummer Kenny Clarke the momentum continued, at least for a while when Connie Kay took over from Clarke.
Fast forward a few years and the music became somewhat more pretentious in keeping with the band's funereal apparel and matching sombre expressions.

Fortunately, London based vibist Steele has opted for the earlier bop influenced period which in this case covers the period 1953-1957. 
Living, as we do, in an age where jazz musicians 'pay their dues' in colleges and academies it comes as a pleasant surprise to find that Steele is actually self-taught. Steele brings to mind Tubby Hayes' vibes playing particularly on Autumn in New York.
Naturally, comparisions are made with Milt Jackson and Steele is not found wanting and, possibly due to present day recording techniques, actually gets a warmer sound than did Milt who often sounded like he was hitting milk bottles.
Gabriel Latchin we know from his recent trio recording which we raved about last month and he doesn't let the side down here.
Italian born Lecce is rapidly making a name for himself in this country and justifiably so. Solos are impressive - listen to him on the Bachian Softly as in a Morning Sunrise. When he's put back in the box he remains an integral part of the group.
Steve Brown does what he always does and I don't mean smile although I'm sure he was grinning ear to ear on this session. Even John Lewis himself would, I'm sure, have allowed himself a faint movement of the lips had he been on the gig. No, Steve was laying down a drum masterclass as he invariably does when the going is good.
The going was good on October 14, last year in the Master Chord Studio.
Woddy 'n You; The Golden Striker; La Ronde Suite (3 parts); Autumn in New York; Softly as in a Morning Sunrise; I'll Remember April; Django; Bags' Groove; All of You.
The album will be in the shops and online from September 15 as well as at the launch on Sunday lunchtime at Ronnie's (September 10).
Lance.

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Whilst we appreciate the many emails, texts, messages and other communications we receive requesting album/gig reviews on BSH, regrettably, we are unable to reply to them all other than those we are able to answer with a positive response.
Similarly, CDs received by post will only be considered if accompanied by sufficient background material.
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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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