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Bebop Spoken There

Peter Woodford: "I noticed when I went to hear some jazz in a little pub on the outskirts of London the people were really listening. I'm used to guys in bars only interested in making out with their girl friends. Here the idea seems to be to take a girl, enjoy the music, and make out later." - (Crescendo September 1972).
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Hudson Music: Lance's "Bebop Spoken Here" is one of the heaviest and most influential jazz blogs in the UK.

Rupert Burley (Dynamic Agency): "BSH just goes from strength to strength".

Today Wednesday February 19

Afternoon

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

Zoë Gilby & Mark Williams - Jazz Café, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 1:00pm. £3.00. Café Mezzanine (first floor, access via crafts shop).

Evening

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

After Hours #4: Stéphane Grappelli - Cafédral Durham, Owengate, Durham DH1 3HB. 7:30pm. £5.00. (concs. available). Sonia Rae (violin); Tom Burgess (guitar); Jack Theaker (guitar); Angus Shennan (keyboards); David Byfield (drums) + Clara Falkowska (flugelhorn, violin). ‘The life and work of Stéphane Grappelli’. Durham University Jazz Society event.

Blues/Soul/Funk etc.

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.

Monday, February 04, 2013

CD Review: Aruan Ortiz/Michael Janisch Quintet - Banned in London.

Greg Osby (alt); Raynald Colom (tpt); Aruan Ortiz (pno); Michael Janisch (bs); Rudy Royston (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Since settling in England, Janisch has been involved in many diverse projects - indeed Ubiquity could be his middle name!
Recorded live at Pizza Express during the 2011 London Jazz Festival Banned in London ranks alongside anything I've heard him put on disc.
Greg Osby ranks high among alto players and his solos here tell you why. Long, sinuous, swooping lines that flow seemingly endlessly no clichéd player he. Likewise French born  Barcelona based, trumpeter Colom - a new name to me - is equally outstanding. The album notes describe his music as being firmly rooted in Flamenco. Maybe, his fat, round tone does have echoes of the bullring and the fiesta as well an inherent jazz feeling. Listen to him on Monk's most rhapsodic composition Ask Me Now. Pianist Ortiz, Cuban born co-leader with Janisch of the quintet, displays his classical training with some amazing flights of fancy that many a lesser pianist would class as impossible!
Janisch himself is a tower of strength, as he always is, providing the harmonic core and, as I've said elsewhere, some of the most melodic bass playing in jazz.
Rudy Royston is perhaps at times over recorded but not enough to be obtrusive and it does let us know what an imaginative driving force he is behind the soloists.
The publicity says this was "One of the most talked about gigs at the 2011 London Jazz Festival" and, for once I believe it!
CD Asuan Ortiz/Michael Janisch Quintet - Banned in London. is currently available on Whirlwind Records. 
Lance.

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