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Bebop Spoken There

Claire Martin: "I used to dye my hair like Marilyn Monroe and bomb around in a Sunbeam Rapier ''- (Jazz Cassette Vol 1 No. 2).


Bob Sinfield: "'Bebop in Britain' [4 CD set] has two potential categories of customer; those who are old enough to remember, and those who aren't." - (Jazz Cassette Vol 1 No. 2).


Today Sunday October 23

Stu Collingwood (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. 2pm. Free.
Giles Strong (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 1:00pm. No cover charge.
Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Rd., Hartlepool. 1pm. Free.
More Jam – The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free. All welcome to blow.
Vasilis Xenopoulos Quartet - Blaydon Jazz Club, Black Bull, Bridge St., Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8pm. £7. *****
Baghdaddies - Trimdon Colliery & Deaf Hill WMC Club, TrimdonTS29 6AJ. 7:30pm. £3.
To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, March 02, 2013

CD Review: Dave Lalama Big Band - The Hofstra Project

Dave Pietro (alt/sop/fl); Jonathon Holford (alt); Ralph Lalama, John Marshall (ten); Jeff Lange (bar). Leon Petruzzi, Mike Rubenstein, Mike Carubia, Glenn Drewes or Nathan Warner (tpt/flug); John Mosca, Brent Chiorella, Joey Devassy, (tmb) Justin Camito (bs tmb.); Dave Lalama (pno); Pete Coco (bs); Tony Tedesco (dms).
(Review by Lance.)
Track Listing: Full House; Where Are You; No Evidence; Duke Ellington's Sound Of Love; Inner Urge; Pent-Up House; Moody's Mood For Love; St. Thelonious; Tricotism; The Song Isn't You; The Peacocks; Blues For...; Evansville.
Wow! A shouting big band that really roars - dig the opening track, Full House. Lange's baritone, Holford's alto and the tenors of Marshall and Ralph Lalama stretch out solowise on top of some of the swingingest sounds since Woody Herman. By contrast, Where Are You? is laid back, poignant and emotional with Carubia's trumpet telling a heartfelt tale of lost love. A theme expanded by Mosca on trombone, Pietro's soprano and the leaders piano. 
Listen to the saxes on Moody's Mood For Love or Drewes trumpet solo on the same or, better still, go here for an audio preview and a run down on each track by the leader Dave Lalama.
The Hofstra Project refers to Hofstra University based on Long Island, New York the seat of learning that Dave Lalama has been associated with for many years. The band comprises Hofstra alumni, faculty and guest artists, all having "no degree of separation" from the university.
Another contender!

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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.)
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