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Jeremy Pelt: "It [Birth of the Cool sessions] was bebop in sheep's clothing." - (DownBeat, December 2019).

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Today Tuesday November 12

Afternoon

Jazz

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm - 3:00pm. Free.

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. Tel: 0191 227 5500. 1:15pm. Stanley Nelson's 2019 documentary film.

Evening

Jazz

Not Now Charlie - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB.Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

Blues

Sugaray Rayford - Cluny, Lime St., Newcastle NE1 2PQ. Tel 0191 230 4474. 8:00pm. £15.00.

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

Thursday, November 07, 2013

CD Review: Greg Abate Quartet featuring Mike Levine - Time for Dave.

Greg Abate (ten/alt/sop.); Mike Levine (pno); Todd Baker (bs); Dave Zinno (bs on I Do Love You, Blue Moon, The Duke); Gary Johnson (dms).
(Review by Lance).
A reminder of last night's superb session by Greg Abate, this time with an American Trio in a tribute to Dave Brubeck recorded earlier this year.
As he did last night, Abate demonstrates an enviable technique soaring seemingly effortlessly through the changes. However, unlike last night when he played alto and flute, on this disc he leaves the flute in its case and adds soprano (It's a Raggy Waltz) and tenor (Take Five, Blue Moon, Dave in Rimouski - comp. Abate) to his armoury and he turns out to be a formidable performer on these horns too. Lyrical on soprano, light and flowing on tenor it isn't always easy to differentiate between the upper range of the tenor and the lower notes of the alto ditto - alto and soprano. Comparisions with the originals are irrelevant - both are worthy of a place in anyone's collection. This is a tribute disc not a re-creation. Abate plays boppier lines than Desmond with a sound that's harder whilst still retaining the same melodic feel.
Pianist Levine, who supplied two of three original compositions, mainly avoids the sometimes bombastic approach of Brubeck that alienated so many of his critics in the early days of the quartet (I wasn't one of them!) although he hints at it on Blue Moon. He's a fine player well worth checking out.
Both Baker and Zinno fit into the Gene Wright role whilst Johnson doesn't try and be Joe Morello - not many could - he's still his own man and drives the group along helping to make this a most enjoyable disc.
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.
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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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