Total Pageviews

Bebop Spoken There

Dave Newton: "Having got my Grade 8 pretty early, it was only then that the piano was taking over. But this was happening outside of school really, as the music teacher at this particular school didn't like me or the kind of music I liked." (Jazzwise February 2019).

Archive

Today Tuesday January 22

Afternoon

Jazz

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jam session - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. House trio: Mark Williams, Paul Grainger, Russ Morgan.

Alter Ego - 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.

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

CD Review: Alan Pasqua - Soliloquy

Alan Pasqua (piano).
(Review by Lance)

Alan Pasqua comes to the Hamburg Steinway in his Santa Monica studio with a c.v. so impressive that to describe him as a legend is surely no more than he deserves.

A former member of Tony Williams' New Lifetime appearing on the albums Believe it and Million Dollar Legs, Pasqua has also worked with Jack DeJohnette, Paul Motian, Dave Holland, the Brecker Brothers, Joe Henderson, Stanley Clarke, Gary Burton, James Moody, Jones/Lewis Jazz Orchestra and many others. Away from Jazz (but not too far away), he has also recorded with Bob Dylan and Carlos Santana.

Solo piano albums can sink or swing depending on the material and the ability of the performer to escape the clichéd path set by his musical ancestors. Waller, Tatum, Peterson, Garner, Hines Wilson, Powell, Evans, Jarrett etc. practically etched the parameters in stone and few, with the exception of Monk, were able to transcend them. 

Pasqua does it in his own way. Harmonically and melodically his chord voicings are a joy to the ear. Exploring, leisurely, expansively, he takes nine standards and a Bob Dylan composition (Girl From the North Country) and turns them into even greater works of art than they already were. Sometimes it's just a couple of unexpected inversions that suddenly seem so absolutely right and you wonder, was this what Arthur Sullivan and Jimmy Durante were looking for when the former was 'sitting one day at the organ, weary and ill at ease' and the latter was 'cracking walnuts with his foot'?

If ever there was any doubt about Pasqua's legendary status this album confirms it 110%.
Although it was released on November 18, 2018*, as I only received it this month, it's bound to be among my 2019 frontrunners.
Lance.
Hello Young Lovers: I Got it Bad; Lotus Blossom; I See Your Face Before Me; In a Sentimental Mood; Embraceable You; Isn't it Romantic?; Girl From the North Country; A Time For Love; There Are Such Things.
* Available from all the usual suspects.

No comments :

Blog Archive

About this blog - contact details.

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.

Subscribe!

Submissions for review

Whilst we appreciate the many emails, texts, messages and other communications we receive requesting album/gig reviews on BSH, regrettably, we are unable to reply to all of them other than those we are able to answer with a positive response.
Similarly, CDs received by post will only be considered if accompanied by sufficient background material.
Finally, bear in mind that this is a jazz-based site when submitting your album.
Lance