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Bebop Spoken There

Piers Paul Read: "Bruce Reynolds and Biggs shared an interest in Sex, Jazz and Hemingway." - (The Train Robbers by Piers Paul Read, Coronet Books 1979.)

George Shearing: "Speaking about Johann Sebastian Bach I think he'd be a real jazzer if he were alive today. I mean any man who has two wives, twenty kids, gets kicked out of the church for being too harmonically radical and drinks beer can't be all wrong can he?" - (Crescendo March 1984.)

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Today Thursday July 19

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Holywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. 8:30pm. Free.

Alexys de Alfaro: Guitar Dreams with Coco Vega - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling Street, Gateshead NE8 2BA. Doors 7:00pm. A ‘jar on the bar’ gig. Guitar & percussion.

Alter Ego - St James’ & St Basil’s Church, Fenham Hall Drive, Newcastle NE4 9EJ. 7:30pm. £10.00.

Jesse Bannister Quartet - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. £10.00. (£8.00. concs.). JNE.

Northern Monkey Brass Band - Jubilee Park, Spennymoor DL16. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Big BRASS Bash (Durham Brass Festival).

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

Tees Hot Club w. Donna Hewitt (alto); Josh Bentham (tenor); Dave Archbaid (keys) - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9pm. Free.

Jazz Jam - Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 8pm. Free.

Billy's Buskers: Plug in and Play - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 7:00pm. Free.

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

Monday, April 20, 2015

CD Review: Elina Duni Quartet - Dallendyshe (Swallow)

Elina Duni (voice); Colin Vallon (piano); Patrice Moret (bass); Norbert Pfammatter (drums)
(Review by Ann Alex)
This CD is a wonderful example of a successful marrying of jazz and folk music.  It is my CD of the Month for April, even though all the singing is in Eastern European languages such as Albanian.  We reviewers here at BSH get to keep CD’s that we review, but I sometimes have to return mine to Lance for lack of space.  However, there’s no way he’s getting his paws on this one!
Each of the 12 tracks has the unmistakable yearning sound of Eastern Europe with some hints of Arabic tones and yet the jazz influence is well-present, tastefully heard from piano, bass and ever so subtle drumming.  The songs are about loss and exile but, as stated in the notes supplied, the pain is sung or danced away, rather like the feel of blues music, sadness with attitude is how I’d describe it.  The voice is expressive and the songs have titles such as Fellenza (The Partridge); Kur Te Pashe (When I Saw You); Taksirat (The Mishap). A booklet with translations into English is supplied, but there is great pleasure in just listening to the singing, as I found the language to be very attractive.
Take track 2 as an example, Syte (The Eyes).  This begins with an Eastern European tune, light drums, subtle bass and a build up of tension towards the end.  But then the very end is a fast dance which you could imagine being danced at a village wedding.  ‘My eyes wet with tears for you, don’t you ache for me the least?  The arrangements of the songs cleverly prevent any sentimentality.  
It goes without saying that the singing and musicianship is well up to the job on this CD, which is Ms Duni’s 2nd Cd with ECM.  It was released on April 13 - catalogue number 470 9282.
Ann Alex

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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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