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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 Friday June 22

Afternoon

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Alice Grace Trio - Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. Tel: 03000 269 524. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Ushaw Ensemble - Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SE. Tel: 0191 232 0192. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Evening

Emma Fisk & Paul Edis - Ushaw College, Durham DH7 7DW. 7:30pm. £7.00

Julija Jacenaite Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. Free.

Q&A: Eric Burdon & Hilton Valentine - Castle Gate, Melbourne Street, Newcastle NE1 2JQ. Tel: 0191 233 2288. 7:00pm. £30.00. (£50.00. VIP ‘Meet & Greet’ inc glass of fizz & photo with Burdon & Valentine). Tex Leon & Friends will perform at the event.

Stax Brothers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.

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

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

CD Review: Jane Ira Bloom - Wild Lines: Improvising Emily Dickinson

Jane Ira Bloom (soprano sax); Dawn Clement (piano); Mark Helias (bass); Bobby Previte (drums); Deborah Rush (voice).
(Review by Lance).
Wild nights - Wild nights! 
Were I with thee 
Wild nights should be 
Our luxury! 

Futile - the winds - 
To a Heart in port - 
Done with the Compass - 
Done with the Chart! 

Rowing in Eden - 
Ah - the Sea! 
Might I but moor - tonight - 
In thee! 
Back in 2010 - 2010! was it really that long ago? Andy Champion's ACV recorded an excellent album (Fail in Wood) the title track based on a poem by Emily Dickinson. Now, Jane Ira Bloom has recorded a double album dedicated to the works of the legendary American poet who died in 1886 bequeathing to the world a legacy of poetic lyricism. To the best of my knowledge, there have been no other jazz portraits of this most enigmatic of literary ladies.
Wild Lines, inspired by the above stanzas, has the first disc instrumental and the second comprising the same compositions but with Deborah Rush adding, to a greater or lesser degree, Dickinson's words.
The words don't take away the impact of the music and neither does the music detract from the words. Truth is they complement each other beautifully.
Bloom displays the lyricism and the agility on soprano that rubber stamps her recent Down Beat Critic's Poll success.
Clement is equally effective on piano and the rhythm section's sound as a pound (actually a whole lot sounder than a pound!) Cornets of Paradise is probably the funkiest number with some parade style drumming and the common denominator between the earlier AVC album, Fail in Wood and this one  is that the title of that poem here is Other Eyes.
There are also a few electronic things going on but they don't do any harm.
To finish off, a solo version of It's Easy to Remember has nothing to do with Emily Dickinson but it's beautiful and totally appropriate
The double album is currently available on Outline.
Well worth checking out.
Lance.
PS: If you are at an Andy Champion gig check to see if he has any copies of Fail in Wood in the garage!

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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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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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