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Saturday, August 23, 2008

NYJO

NYJO, the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, have not only provided the launching pad for a large number of young British jazz musicians but they have also added another dimension to big band music; humour!
Their version of "Don't Dilly Dally On The Way" is the (intentionally) funniest track I have heard in years; a feat achieved without any musical compromise (well not much). Its from their "London Pride" album.
The same album includes "A Nightingale SWANG in Berkeley Square."
Bird and Diz recorded tunes such as "Anthropology" and "Ornithology" based on the chords of "I Got Rhythm" and "How High The Moon" respectively. NYJO had a bop arrangement called "Gynaecology" based on, wait for it, "Thou Swell"!

1 comment :

Lance said...

NYJO, of course, is lead by Musical Director Bill Ashton who has done a grand job of keeping the band alive.
Cormac Loane, who had a spell with band in the 70/80s, described Bill Ashton to me as "a mad Andy Hudson" which, as anyone who knows Andy Hudson will realise, puts Bill Ashton in the near certifiable category.

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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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