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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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Clifford Brown: "Club owners hire stars, but try to save money by putting in a local rhythm section. If these new men are weak musically, they hurt the star's reputation too." - (Down Beat May4, 1955).

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Today Wednesday September 28

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
Evening.
Take it to the Bridge (jazz workshop/jam) - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £1.
Dave Rae’s Levee Ramblers - Springwell Village Hall, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 0191 4162630. 9pm. £2.
Katherine Stone w. the Alan Law Trio - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Newcastle NE2 2AE. 7:15pm. No cover charge.
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Wednesday, January 09, 2013

CD Review: Asuka Kakitani - BLOOM.


(Review by Dave Brownlow.)
Japanese - born Asuka Kakitani leads an 18 piece contemporary jazz orchestra playing in a style reminiscent of the work of Maria Schneider, Bob Brookmeyer or Vince Mendoza all of whom are descendants of the great master of modern jazz orchestration – Gil Evans.
A former student at Berklee, Kakitani has worked for several years around New York City, paying her dues, and gradually attracting formidable jazz artists to play and solo on her distinctive charts. Commissioned to write by Manny Albam and  the Composer Assistance Program, in 2006, she won the BMI Foundation Charlie Parker Award for her song Dance One
.The 8 original compositions - some over 10 minutes long –  are inspired by the natural world, literature or paintings by modernists such as Matisse  Kakitani’s ensemble has an adventurous harmonic style using thick chords and multi-layered melodies which are constantly evolving and resolving and from which the improvised solos emerge, Many of her technical orchestral devices such as motifs are extended and developed. Light and shade, contrasts between calm and excitement, changes of time signature, complexity and simplicity, solos and ensemble playing and composition and improvisation.
Soloists include saxophonist John O’Gallagher, trombonist Jacob Garchik, guitarist Pete McCann, drummer Mark Ferber, and vocalist Sara Serpa.
A thoroughly absorbing album of contemporary arrangements beautifully played
It is worthy of careful and repeated listening especially by enthusiasts of modern jazz orchestration. 
Dave Brownlow
BLOOM  is due out on January 26th  on Nineteen-Eight Records.

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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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