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Barry Harris (in 1981): "There is not one place in the world that you can find more jazz musicians from than Detroit." - (DownBeat, September 2019).

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Daily: July 6 - October 27

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden - Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead Quays, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3BA. Tel: 0191 478 1810. Screenings at intervals during the day. Part of Akomfrah's exhibition Ballasts of Memory. Exhibition (daily) July 6 - October 27. 10:00am-6:00pm. Free.

Today Saturday August 17

Afternoon

Jazz

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden (see above).

Newcastle Jazz Festival - Tyne Bank Brewery, Walker Road, Newcastle NE6 2AB. Tel: 0191 265 2828. £15.00. All day event, line-up:

Zoë Gilby & Andy Champion (1:30pm)

Alan Law Trio (2:40pm)

Mark Williams Trio (3:50pm)

Emma Fisk & James Birkett (5:00pm)

(Evening)

Alexander Bone (6:15pm)

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band (7:45pm).

Blues/Funk/Soul

King Snake - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Friday, June 21, 2013

CD Review: Chip Stephens Trio - Relevancy

Chip Stephens (pno); Dennis Carroll (bs); Joel Spencer (dms)
(Review by Lance).
An almost traditional hard bop trio, the block chords, the rippling right hand explorations, the assertive theme statements make for an enjoyable CD
Chip Stephens is a pianist out of Bill Evans by way of say Sonny Clark, Bud Powell, Peterson and early Jarrett.  He doesn't use the piano as a harp or pummel it into submission. The piano is the most wonderful instrument in the world and should be accorded the respect it deserves. Abuse of, say a Steinway, to me, is akin to defacing the Mona Lisa or watching the X-Factor. Do what you like to a keyboard but please don't mishandle a grand piano. 
Stephens displays great fluency on the fast numbers and a deep introspective eloquence on the ballads. Probing, searching and ultimately discovering the heart and soul of the composition. He's the leader, the boss the centre stage star but not without the contributions of bass and drums who provide the bricks and mortar to make the unit complete.
The material is a mix of standards. Like Someone In Love, A solo piano rendition of a rare Rodgers and Hart piece - This Funny World - Be My Love (Mario Lanza fans look away!) Bill Evans' 34 Skidoo, Carla Bley's Syndrome and 3 originals.
Although I've said it many times over the 5 years of Bebop Spoken Here, this is reminiscent of the Blue Note of yore, and, in my view, the accolades don't come any higher! May Capri Records give us more of the same.
Chip Stephens Trio - Relevancy was released June 17 on Capri 74120-2.
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