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Bebop Spoken There

Danny Gatton: "I was tired of playing in beer joints. I wanted to do something tangible like building cars. But once you do music it gets into your blood. You can get away from it for awhile but sooner or later it comes back to you." - (Down Beat April 1991).

Tal Farlow: "There were times when I would stop [playing guitar] and do sign painting." - (Downbeat December 5, 1963)

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Today Sunday August 20

Afternoon.
Mark Williams (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
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Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free. Summer Break. Back Sept. 3
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Somethin' Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 01325 788564. 5pm. Weekly.
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Evening
Chris Martin - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Paul Edis Trio - Black Bull, Bridge St. Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8pm. £5.
To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, March 06, 2015

CD Review: Ryan Truesdell - Lines of Colour


(Review by Lance).
Ok, so it's only early March and NYE is a long way away but if this isn't in my shake-up for the CD of the Year then I'll buy a banjo!
Memo to music colleges - this is how it's done!
Gil Evans - if Duke is Beethoven then Gil is Berlioz.
Recorded May last year at New York's Jazz Standard club Ryan Truesdell assembled an ensemble that does the utmost credit to the work of, arguably, jazz's greatest modern composer/arranger.
Many of the arrangements were originally written for the Claude Thornhill Orchestra as well as some from Evans' own 1959 classic album Great Jazz Standards. The Thornhill arrangements remind us how forward thinking that band was, like Boyd Raeburn, ahead of its time. The later ones (1960s) include possibly the best version of Davenport Blues since Bix. Mat Jodrell does the honours. Steve Wilson's Just One of Those Things is much more than that! Wendy Gilles vocal on Can't We Talk it Over has just the smoky ambiance that song requires, contrasting with her perky vocal on Sunday Drivin' - Wendy can Sunday drive with me any time!
If you only buy two albums this year make sure this is both of them!
Lance.
Available March 17 on Bluenote/Artistshare label.
Jesse Han, Jessica Aura Taskov, Steve Kenyon, Steve Wilson, Dave Pietro, Donny McCaslin, Scott Robinson, Brian Landrus, Tom Christensen, Aiden Banta (woodwinds); Adam Unsworth, David Peel (Fr. horn); Augie Haas, Greg Gisbert, Mat Jodrell (tpts); Ryan Keberle, Marshall Gilkes, George Flynn (tmb); Marcus Rojas (tuba); James Chirillo (gtr); Frank Kimbrough (pno); Jay Anderson (bs); Lewis Nash (dms); Wendy Gilles (voice); Lois Martin (viola).

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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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