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Bebop Spoken There

Andrew Hadro: "It seems to me that everybody just puts out an album, they go through the motions, spend the money and they just sort of throw it out there into the sea of CDs and hope something comes back" - (DownBeat June 2018).

Jonnathan Blake (Blindfold Test): “Maybe it's someone from New Orleans who has lived in New York for a minute.” (DownBeat June 2018).

Today Sunday May 20

Afternoon

Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 12 noon. Free.

Am Jam - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3:00pm. Free.

Somethin’ Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 5:00pm. Tel: 01325 788564. Matt Case (saxophone) & Mike Hepple (guitar).

Evening

Budtet Plus - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00. A farewell to Lin Lee Wong with an expanded (octet) line-up for the occasion.

Alter Ego - Black Bull, Bridge Street, Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8:00pm. £5.00. Blaydon Jazz Club.

Twice Brewed - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson Street, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

Jazz Jam - Empty Shop, 35c Framwellgate Bridge, Durham DH1 4SJ. 7:30pm. Free. DurhamUniversityJazz Society.

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

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

CD Review: Andrew Linham Jazz Orchestra - Weapons of Mass Distraction

Call me old-fashioned, not just because I love the moonlight, but because I tend to go along with (most of the time) Duke's maxim that it don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing. 
From the opening bars of Screaming Ab Dabs I knew that, even without any do-wah-do-wah- do wahs, this had that swing.
21st-century swing that is - timeless swing. The rhythms may not be the chug chug chug of long ago but the essential pulse is there irrespective of the meter. As the man once said, "If you gotta ask..."
Sharking in the Chalet (don't ask!) has a TV cop show feel about it with some fine piano from Tom Millar, fluent soprano from Tommy Andrews and an ensemble licensed to kill.
I Arksque You This (don't ask!) I'm not sure what the question is but if it relates to Rosie Turton's trombone solo then the answer is A+.
Dinosaur Face (don't ask!) opens with nice, relaxed pub piano, Sam Warner playing smooth trumpet, a brief moment from Chris Saunders, less brief from Andrew Robb on bass before Rich Perks perks the ante up. The ensemble's now in full flight. Phil Meadows floats around on soprano with the other soloists punctuating, the drama mounts, the dinosaurs are on the attack - is civilisation doomed? No! Meadows' soprano sends them packing and they become extinct until Laura Jurd discovers one 65 million years later but that is another story...
Pyrrhic Victory (don't ask!) sounds, to my ears, what the Goodman 1938 band may have sounded like in 2018. Some clarinet going on (Johnny Chung?); Tom Green moves his slide around a bit - another triumph for composer/arranger Linham but isn't it about time he blew?
Big Bertha's Quarter to Twos (don't ask!) Is one of those numbers that suggest somebody has opened up a jazz club in Nashville. Linham may have been involved in the shootout. That Big Bertha she's quite a gal...
Apples Aren't the Only Fruit (don't ask!) Andrew rides again with some baritone playing that doesn't take any prisoners and neither does Perks with a great guitar blast before Saunders sets the slide on fire.
Don't Mention Janet (we won't). Riley Stone-Lonergan is the one whose lips are sealed he kick starts the most exciting ensemble of the album - maybe of the year, maybe ever!
Henchmen Live the Shortest Lives (don't ask). Miguel Gorodi plays lyrical trumpet - beautiful.
Waitress Winking (don't ask!) Linham and Rosie - a flirtation twixt sax and trombone? Another amazing arrangement.
I Remember Fenton (don't ask!). The, presumably, late Fenton brings out the emotive side of Riley-Lonergan as well as that of arranger/composer Linham.
This is an absolutely amazing big band album. Is it a big band or a jazz orchestra or maybe a new dimension?
I don't know if Andrew Linham used up his whole box of tricks on these compositions and arrangements but, if he's still got a few more boxes to open, then look out world!
Lance.
Tommy Andrews, Phil Meadows, Riley Stone-Lonergan, Johnny Chung, Andrew Linham (saxes); Barney Lowe, Miguel Gorodi, Sam Warner, Matt Roberts, Andy Hall (trumpets); Rosie Turton, Tom Green, Chris Saunders, Barney Medland (trombones); Tom Millar (piano); Rich Perks (guitar); Andrew Robb (bass); Dave Ingamells (drums).
PS: I'm not 100% on the soloists as gleaned from the sleeve but closse enough for jazz I guess.

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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.
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