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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.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

CD Review: Rachael Cohen Quartet - Half Time.

Rachael Cohen (alt); Phil Robson (gtr); Calum Gourlay (bs); James Bashford (dms).
(Review by Lance)
Anybody out there remember lyrical? It's what the old jazz alto greats had in abundance. Pepper, Desmond, Carter, Hodges, Parker they all had it. Then, along came Eric Dolphy and Ornette and lyricism suddenly became an endangered species threatened with extinction.
Well I've got news for you, with this CD lyrical is back big time!
Those who heard Cohen at her Splinter gig at the Bridge Hotel last month won't be surprised - it was a great gig and this disc is a worthy reminder of the occasion. On that particular evening, the CD was promoted but, owing to a break-in and the theft of the master from a New York studio, she didn't have any discs for sale!
America sneezes the rest of the world catches a cold?
Fortunately, all has been resolved, the remix and remastering is complete and the album is now available from a website near you - I don't know if they caught the punks but if they did, let's hope it "made some cop's day".
Back to the music. Well worth the wait. Cohen, I repeat, has given lyricism a new life although not without adding some contemporary touches (track 9 - Free Speech - gives lyricism a brief respite). The compositions are all her own save for Just For You - a piece by Ornette Coleman. Have the cops asked Ornette where he was on the night of the robbery?
As she did at the Bridge, Cohen reveals a pure alto tone and a technique suited to a calculated 1500 metres rather than the 100 metre dash favoured by some of her contemporaries. The original compositions are just that - not, (unless they're more cleverly disguised than usual!), re-workings of How High The Moon or a 12 bar in Bb - but true originals.
Alongside, Phil Robson is supportive and has his own bag of solo lyricism to throw into the pot and it is as essential to the mix as the tonic is to the gin. Gourlay, Glasgow born, London bas(s)ed plays with the passion one (ie me) gets from a single malt whilst Birmingham based Bashford (not sure what they drink in Birmingham - "anything" I'm told) displays the technique and sympathetic support that impressed the audience at the Bridge.
Another CD of the Year contender. I give up - the standard this year is just so high!
Rachael Cohen Quartet - Half Time is officially released on  November 18 on Whirlwind Recordings WR4644.
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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