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Bebop Spoken There

Artie Shaw: “I'm not interested in giving people what they want--I'm interested in making music.” – (DownBeat October 15, 1939).

Jason Marsalis: “There's so many places that this music can go and there's a lot yet to be discovered.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Tuesday March 20


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


Jam session - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. Free.

Jazz Blowers’ Easter Concert - Hurworth Grange Community Centre, Hurworth Road, Hurworth Place, Darlington DL2 2BN. 7:00pm. £5.00. Concert in the Hadwin Lounge.

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

Friday, January 12, 2018

CD Review: Ed Jones - For Your Ears Only

Ed Jones (tenor/soprano); Ross Stanley (piano); Riaan Vosloo (bass); Tim Giles (drums); Brigitte Beraha (vocal).
(Review by Lance).
Ed Jones first appeared on my radar with Killer Shrimp at the Corner House in May 2008. This was one of the earlier postings on BSH (Yes we're 10 years old this year - we should have a party!) and Jones, I quote, "Swung his ass off". He also played a significant part with Incognito for a number years (Incognito are back at Hoochie on Friday, January 19) and, on this album, his talents are, unlike some of his progressions, far from diminished.
Wayne Shorter is ever an inspiration but perhaps Brian Blain summed Ed Jones up to perfection when, on LondonJazzNews (one of the newer fellows), he posted '...all the swagger and sound of Rollins in his prime'.
Most of the compositions are by Jones. Vosloo has one and Beraha combines with Jones for Starbright which is dedicated to Shorter.  It's an ethereal, winsome ballad that captures the mood. 
Apart from the rip-roaring tenor and the probing soprano moments, by the leader, Stanley proves to be as powerful a pianist as he is an organist (it doesn't always follow), bass and drums do some kicking when the boot needs putting in, making this an album to check out and, if your local jazz club has a date to be filled they could look no further
There's a tour afoot that begins in April (apart from a gig on January 26 in The Crypt of St. Giles Church in Camberwell).
Unfortunately, this tour, so far, doesn't go further north than Scarborough, Leeds or Manchester. Once again Newcastle has missed out but, the CD will go a long way to making up for it and the above venues aren't too far away to hear it live.

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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: I look forward to hearing from you.