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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.

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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.

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

CD Review: James Zoller - It's All Good People

James Zoller (tpt/flg) + The Modoc Horns - Kevin Bryan (tpt); Dion Tucker (tmb); Jerry Waldon (ten).
Special guests - Sheryl Rene (vcl); Cleave Guyton (fl); Erika Matsuo (vcl); Gregoire Maret (hca); Chuck McPherson (spoken word); 
Rick Germanson (keys); Freddie Bryant (gtr); Ron Richardson or Leo Traversa (bs); Bruce Cox (dms); Roland Guerrero (perc); Nabuka Kiryu (vcl).
(Review by Lance).
Kansas City born Zoller has acquired an impressive cv since moving to New York in 1984. This includes spells with the current incarnations of the Basie and Ellington bands and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra to mention but three.
His tone is full and round bringing Chris Botti to mind although he can be a more explosive player than Botti.
The album notes proclaim that this disc reveals a new, previously unexpected funk and Brazilian side to his.musicality. It's lyrical and at times adventurous but somehow it's a little on the smooth side for me. Rather like the music played in a sixties upmarket disco - not that I've ever been in any upmarket discos - but if I had I could imagine the music sounding a little like this. Apart from the final 56 seconds that is. For Cootie and Clark has him growling and screaming like a true Ellingtonian - if only we'd had a little more of that.
Apart from Zoller, Tucker, Waldon, Guyton and Bryant also impress and the vocals scattered around do okay - but funk? I prefer my funk a little earthier, more soulful.
Nevertheless, the musicianship is faultless - ne'er a bum played - and maybe that's the rub...
James Zoller: It's All Good People is released on JZAZ Records on August 13.
Lance.

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