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Bebop Spoken There

Jackie Paris: "A singer's got to be able to tell a story. Frank Sinatra and Nat Cole are best at that; Mel Tormé too. I like to take a lyric that means something and sing it right to the person it was meant for." - (DownBeat October 11, 1962).

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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 Monday September 16

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Evening

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Friday, November 08, 2013

CD Review: Mark Perry & Duncan Eagles Quintet - Road Ahead.


Mark Perry (tpt); Duncan Eagles (ten); Gareth Lochrane (fl); Sam Leak (pno); Max Luthert (bs); Chris Nickolls (dms); Ola Onabule (vcl).
(Review by Lance)
A gem! A perfect example of where British jazz is at the moment and, if it's not, it's where it should be!
This is music accessible to all but the Troglodytes  and the Outsiders.. Superb solos, great ensemble sounds on compositions by the co-leaders. It's bop -  both hard and soft - as well as contemporary sounds that recognise chord changes. I'd love to know the background to the intriguing tune titles.
Flip of a Coin; Chord Game; Shawty; Forever; Barters Band; Wray Common; GG.T.; Road Ahead; One Last Kiss; Remember.
The front line guys are just perfect for the music - so they should be! Two out of three of them wrote the heads and you don't invent a game to get beat at it! Nevertheless, Lochrane, if he doesn't beat them at their own game at least proves their equal! But jazz isn't about competition and the horns and rhythm emphasise
to make this a disc that tells the world where we are at, jazz-wise, at this moment in time and I can tell you folks that this is as good as anything I've heard coming out of New York recently.
Eagles is a superb tenor player - well you knew that already didn't you? Lochrane, who could have been featured more, is perhaps the worlds best jazz flautist. Perry, I was unfamiliar with his work until this disc - a NYJO graduate, need I say more? It's still the best place to pay your dues and Perry is living proof.
The rhythm section dig in and Sam Leak's playing doesn't have any leaks - sorry!
The CD is launched on Sunday November 17 at Pizza (2pm). Part of LJF..
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.
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Finally, bear in mind that this is a jazz-based site when submitting your album.
Lance