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Jeremy Pelt: "It [Birth of the Cool sessions] was bebop in sheep's clothing." - (DownBeat, December 2019).

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Today Wednesday November 13

Afternoon

Jazz

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. Tel: 0191 227 5500. 12:15pm. Stanley Nelson's 2019 documentary film.

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Evening

Jazz

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Swing Street - Pier Red, Castlegate, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1LF. Tel: 01289 309168. 8:00pm. Free.

Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.00.

Blues/Folk

George Shovlin & the Radars, Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DE. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 8:00pm. Free.

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Saturday, July 07, 2012

CD Review: Træben - Push.

Soren Ballegaard (ten/bar, most notably on We'll Let you know); Jens Larsen (gtr); Olaf Meijer (bs);  Haye Jellema (dms).
(Review by Lance).
I have to be honest, when it comes to contemporary European jazz ensembles I am a Euro-sceptic. Too often the sounds are beyond my conception of what jazz is - often beyond my conception of music - so it was with some trepidation that I tentatively slid this CD on to the player.
My misgivings were totally unfounded!

Træben are one of the most musical bands I have heard in recent years. Tenor and guitar combine to produce some amazing voicings - rich harmonies reminiscent of Gil Evans or Mingus. This is laid back in the best possible definition of the term. The solos from tenor and guitar waft across the room like a sensuous perfume on a svelte lady, conjuring up the most beautiful and musically erotic images.
Bass and drums are no less important providing the foundation to the beauty and, in case you think this is all sugar and spice the lady also let's her hair down when tenor is changed (I think) to baritone on We'll Let You Know.
Guitarist Larsen wrote nine of the ten pieces. Saxist Ballegaard wrote the other one - the cleverly titled Nothing or Nothing At All.
I'm trying desperately hard to find something negative to say about this disc but I can't!
The more I play it the more I like it. Certainly my Euro 2012 Disc of the Year so far.
Træben - Push (Jarr Records).
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.
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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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