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Gene Ramey: "McShann stomped off at a fast tempo. This wasn't one of those slow-trains-through-Arkansas tempos, this was like that train between Chicago and Milwaukee. I mean fast." - (Stanley Crouch: Kansas City Lightning - The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker. Pub. Harper Collins 2013).

Dana Hall: "My philosophy is that everyone in the band is a drummer." - (DownBeat November 2018.)

Today Tuesday October 23

Afternoon

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

Evening

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Wednesday, December 06, 2017

CD Review: Tony Tixier - Life of Sensitive Creatures

Tony Tixier (piano/comp.); Karl McComas-Reichl (bass); Tommy Crane (drums).
(Review by Lance).
A collection of Tixier compositions interspersed with a few 'sweeteners' that are sufficiently stirred to be almost originals in their own right. Tight Like This is nothing like the Armstrong tune although it purports to be the same and is actually none the worse for that. French-born, NYC based, Tixier is described as being as much inspired by Ravel and Tatum as Hancock, Jarrett or Ayden Esin. Either way is good enough for me.
Darn That Dream brings to mind Bill Evans and McComas-Reichl's bass solo is fit to stand alongside any of the great bassists past and present - an absolute gem.
As the title implies, Blind Jealousy of a Paranoid is frantic with mood swings and an abrupt ending - was it homicide or un crime passionnel? Stevie Wonder's Isn't She Lovely?, the third of the three standards, is given a fascinating take reminding us that Stevie himself can cut it in jazz circles (it is said that he warms up by playing Giant Steps) and Tixier does both tune and tunesmith justice without losing his own identity.
Tixier sums it up when he refers to McComas-Reichl and Crane: "My music needs more than solo piano, so they shape it, provide space and move it in different directions".
Amen.
Lance

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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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