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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.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

CD Review: Mark Kavuma - Kavuma

Mark Kavuma (trumpet); Mussinghi Brian Edwards, Ruben Fox (saxes); Artie Zaitz (guitar on 3 tks); Reuben James (piano); Conor Chaplin (bass); Kyle Poole (drums) + Michela Martin Lerman (tap dance on 1 track).
(Review by Lance)
"They resemble the finest amalgam of 50's Blue Note and Prestige line-ups" so said guitarist and sound engineer, Zaitz. It was enough for me, I was halfway there before I'd heard a note! I've spent the past couple of months playing Blue Note CDs on the car stereo so I've got plenty to compare with.
In a blindfold test, I'd have been fooled completely, convinced it had been recorded by the late Rudy Van Gelder in his Hackensack, NJ, studio as opposed to on board a ship moored on the Thames in East London!*
Maybe Lee Morgan, Freddy Hubbard or Donald Byrd blowing alongside Benny Golson, Jackie McLean or Stanley Turrentine. I can almost see the Blue Note honchos Wolfe and Lyon nodding their heads approvingly - just as I'm doing as I listen.
This is Kavuma's debut album as a leader and it is impressive. Fiery and explosive he can, like the Blue Note trumpet players, also blow lyrical on ballads. The poignancy of his playing on Barbar G, a reference to an early romance, is an outpouring of emotion set to his own composition. Ugandan born Kavuma composed 5 of the 7 pieces and arranged the other two, somewhat surprising choices, Carolina Moon and Abide With Me! The former came to his attention via a Monk box set and the latter a reflection of his Christian upbringing. Both are given a totally new look.
Edwards and Fox are outstanding blowers - I'm not sure which one is which but one of them has the Golson sound with maybe a touch of Webster or Ike Quebec. There's also a rhythm section to die for with that man Chaplin at the heart of things.
Lerman adds the sound of her terpsichorean skills to Church - a reference to a late night hang, The Haggerston in East London where, 'tis said, that Kavuma perfected his performance skills.
The trumpet player's c.v. includes being featured as guest soloist with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. He also plays with Jean Toussaint's Young Lions and was on one track of Toussaint's just-released album Brother Raymond.
How do I rate this album [Kavuma]?
Five stars and counting!
Lance.
The album, Kavuma, is set to be released on June 16 on ubuntu music UBU0007 with a launch concert at Ghost Notes, London on July 19.

*Oli Barton-Wood's Soup Studios which are situated onboard Lightship 95 moored at Trinity Buoy Wharf on The Thames in East London.

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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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