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Orrin Evans: “I’d like to see a younger audience and an audience that looks more like me at the clubs.” – (Down Beat November 2014).

Kevin Flanagan: "Besides, I'd got sick of playing jazz to people who looked like my father." - (Straight No Chaser Issue 0ne Summer 1988.)

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Today Friday August 18

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Levee Ramblers New Orleans Quartet - Tynemouth Metro Station, Station Tce., Tynemouth NE30 4RE. 1pm. Free.
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Evening
Kentucky Cowtippers - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
Ray Johnson & Richard Herdman - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling St., Gateshead NE8 2BA. 8pm.
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Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.
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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

CD Review: Zhenya Strigalev's Smiling Organizm - Robin Goodie

Zhenya  Strigalev (alt); Ambrose Akinmusire (tpt); Taylor Eigsti (pno); Tim Lefevbre (bs gtr); Larry Grenadier (dbl bs); Eric Harland (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Russian saxist Strigalev describes Robin Goodie as a mixture of Robin Hood and Boogie Woogie - what the Friar Tuck is that all about?
Strigalov confesses that he hasn't read The Adventures of Robin Hood but that he has seen the film! Which one? Robin Hood films probably outnumber James Bond's epics!
My suggestion is, forget about Sherwood Forest and Maid Marian and just enjoy the music which, for those of a contemporary bent, is superb. It's bebop with a 21st century feel and Stringvalev fires his musical arrows as effectively as Will Scarlett and Co did theirs.
The arrangements are well thought out and the solos by Strigalev, Akinmsire and Eigsti really sparkle. I'm not too sure about using two basses  - they don't get in each other's way but nor am I sure if the extra depth adds or detracts either.
Strigalev composed and arranged the tracks and he ticks a lot of boxes - he even manages to sound lyrical when straying towards the other side and when sanity prevails he can swing with the best of them.
Likewise Akinmusire, who impresses throughout, can hold his own on either side of the fence.
The album is released by Whirlwind on Feb. 2 and the official launch is at Ronnie's on Feb.16 where they've already played a sell-out gig.
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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