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Gregg Field: "If I play an aggressive fill, he [Sinatra] might look back with a huge grin on his face. But if we don't do something right, we get the ray, and his ray makes Benny Goodman's ray look like Mother Theresa's ''- (Down Beat June 1995).

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Sonny Simmons: "I always had a big sound ever since I started. Playing on the street kept my ideas and my sound alive. Some people dug it, and some people didn't" - (Down Beat June 1995).

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Monday September 26

Afternoon.
Jazz in the Afternoon - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
Evening.
Sleuthing in the Jazz Age - Central Library, Newcastle. 5pm. Free but ticketed. Discover more...
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Friday, December 07, 2012

Jazz At Oberlin.

(Post by Lance)
With the passing of Dave Brubeck I've spent a lot of time listening to his music and I've come to a conclusion which goes against the general consensus of opinion.
Joe Morello was a great drummer and the Time Out album was superb but, for me, the classic album was the 1953 session - Jazz At Oberlin. Lloyd Davis was on drums (whatever became of?) whilst Dave and Paul swung their asses off. Ron Crotty on bass helped to make this album an absolute delight. 
There is a tendency to praise Morello and Desmond to the heights whilst denigrating the leader - Steve Voce did just that in today's i obituary. But listening to this LP after some years away from it, it still moves me. Great interpretations of songbook classics. If I was only allowed one Brubeck disc to that fabled Desert Island this would be it. The story on the sleeve was that Dave and Paul had had a row backstage and that they took it out on each other musically on-stage  Whether that actually happened or was just a publicity stunt I don't know but whatever, the musical sparks certainly fly.
Listen to The Way You Look Tonight on YouTube. and while you're there check out Perdido from the same concert.
Lance.
PS: Here's Dave on Jools Holland show in 2002. - John T sent this.

1 comment :

  1. Got to agree,although my favourite Dave Brubeck album is Jazz Goes To College.....my first ever 12" LP.(I traded two Bill Haley 78's with a kid at school)....I still think it was a good deal.

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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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