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Hudson Music: Lance's "Bebop Spoken Here" is one of the heaviest and most influential jazz blogs in the UK.

Rupert Burley (Dynamic Agency): "BSH just goes from strength to strength".

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Josh Weir: I love the writing on bebop spoken here... I think the work you are doing is amazing.

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16246 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 128 of them this year alone and, so far, 72 this month (Feb. 29).

From This Moment On ...

March

Sun 03: Great North Big Band Jazz Festival @ Park View Community Centre, Chester-le-Street. 11:00am. £10.00.. Day 3/3. School & Youth bands in competition.
Sun 03: Smokin’ Spitfires @ the Cluny, Newcastle. 12:45pm. £7.50.
Sun 03: Alan Law Trio plays Ahmad Jamal’s At the Pershing: But Not for Me & more @ Central Bar, Gateshead. 2:00pm. £10.00. The music of Ahmad Jamal.
Sun 03: Alice Grace & Ben Helm @ St Francis’ Church, High Heaton, Newcastle. 2:00-5:00pm. £12.00. (children free admission). A Children’s Society fundraiser. Two x 30 mins sets. Refreshments available, child-friendly event with participation of children encouraged!
Sun 03: Sax Choir @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00-5:00pm. Free (donations). Monthly workshop, all welcome (participant and/or listener).
Sun 03: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 03: ’58 Jazz Collective @ St George’s Venue, Park Road, Hartlepool. 3:30pm (refreshments from 2:30pm). £6.00.
Sun 03: Down for the Count: A Century of Swing @ The Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:00pm.
Sun 03: SH#RP Collective @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 03: Mostly Moonlight @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 7:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Vocals/piano duo.
Sun 03: Remy CB @ Blues & Bourbon, Nelson St., Newcastle. 9:00pm. Free. Newcastle University music student Remy Coulthard Boardman.

Mon 04: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 05: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Joe Steels, Paul Grainger, Michael Mather.

Wed 06: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 06: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 06: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 07: Ray Stubbs R & B All Stars @ The Schooner, South Shore Road, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Thu 07: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Ragtime piano.
Thu 07: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. Guests: Mark Toomey (alto sax); Donna Hewitt (tenor sax); Garry Hadfield (keys); Ron Smith (bass); Mark Hawkins (drums). 8:30pm.

Fri 08: Noel Dennis Quartet @ The Old Library, Auckland Castle. 1:00pm. £8.00. Noel Dennis (trumpet, flugelhorn); Rick Laughlin (keyboards); Mick Shoulder (double bass); Tim Johnston (drums).
Fri 08: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 08: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free. CANCELLED! Back on March 15.
Fri 08: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Sat 09: Alex Fawcett Band + Lindsay Hannon Blues Trio @ Sedgefield Parish Hall. 7:00pm. £15.00. A Sedgefield Rock & Blues Club event. Tickets: www.sedgefieldblues.com.
Sat 09: Shunyata Improvisation Group @ Cullercoats Watch House. 8:00pm. Donations. A Watch House renovation fundraising concert.
Sat 09: Ray Stubb’s R&B All Stars @ The Peacock, Sunderland. 6:00pm. Free. Gig in the downstairs bar.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

CD Review: Buddy Rich - Birdland

(Review by Russell).
A 2015 Oscar nomination, the ongoing demand for posthumously released Buddy Rich material and private on-the-road recordings made by a keen (prescient?) band member. Birdland represents the Buddy Rich band in concert during the latter half of the 1970s. Eleven tracks recorded on tour at unspecified locations (some at Birdland?), the lack of   discography matters little.
The private recordings are those of Alan Gauvin. In his excellent notes accompanying Birdland the saxophonist readily acknowledges the lo-fi quality of the recordings. The life of a touring musician – travel, hotel, soundcheck – didn't afford him the luxury of achieving professional standard recordings: I started out recording on a Sony portable tape deck/AM/FM console with built in speakers and external mike inputs and a thirty dollar Radio Shack stereo mike placed right up in front of the sax section. Years later Gauvin is now able to make available these recordings to the Buddy Rich fan base.
Alan Gauvin reveals that he got along just fine with Buddy Rich. He witnessed volcanic temper tantrums and lived to tell the tale! The Oscar-winning Whiplash gave an impetus to the release of Birdland. Digital downloads exceeded expectations and the CD format will be released on May 25 (a vinyl LP is scheduled for a release on June 22 - now that would be nice!). Rich gave his blessing to Gauvin recording concert performances (had he heard the results it may have been a different matter!) and we should be grateful that the Buddy Rich archive is enhanced with the addition of Birdland.
Mexicali Rose opens the CD and it is immediately apparent that the sound quality isn't that of twenty first century studio recordings. The band sound is listenable (the vitality one associates with any Rich outfit is evident), the soloists’ contributions (great as they undoubtedly are) suffer in terms of being off-mic. This doesn't detract from the listening experience. In fact, it makes one listen all the more intently. The band’s featured tenor sax soloist Steve Marcus can be heard (he produced a big sound fitting for the Rich band) and others are clearly identifiable; Gauvin himself (alto) on Milestones, Turk Mauro (on God Bless the Child, Bob Mintzer on Moment’s Notice (it should be noted that Mintzer is on this track only) and the ‘Killer Force’ trumpet section (Dave Stahl, Dean Pratt and Ross Konikoff with either Jon Marshall or Waynon Reed) hit the rafters on Three Day Suckers.
Buddy Rich does play a couple of trio features (he wasn’t totally intent on blowing away the audience) with Just Friends and I Hear a Rhapsody but it is, of course, the sheer thrill of one of the great big bands roaring at the behest of it’s leader that makes Birdland an essential purchase. Buddy Rich Birdland is released on May 25 on Lightyear/Lobitos Creek Ranch (catalogue no. 5365646223).              
(Russell).
Buddy Rich (drums/bandleader), Alan Gauvin (alto & soprano saxophones, flute), Bill Blount (alto saxophone), Frank Basile (alto saxophone), Steve Marcus (tenor & soprano saxophones), Bobby Mintzer (tenor saxophone & flute), Turk Mauro (baritone saxophone), Rick Stepton (trombone), Dale Kirkland (trombone), David Boyle (trombone), Dave Stahl (trumpet), Dean Pratt (trumpet), Ross Konikoff (trumpet), John Marshall (trumpet), Waymon Reed (trumpet), Barry Keiner (piano), Tom Warrington (bass guitar) & Jon Burr (bass guitar) + various tracks Chuck Wilson (alto saxophone), Gary Pribek (tenor saxophone), Dave Kennedy (trumpet), Chuck Schmidt (trumpet), John Mosca (trombone), Clint Charmin (trombone) & Ed Eby (trombone).   

2 comments :

Jacob Morrison-Wood (Wienerworld) said...

A fantastic review – please pass on our thanks and appreciation to Russell..

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the post I purchased the CD digitally from Amazon and there are no liner notes. This is a good representation of Buddy's work and Keiner was a great pianist.

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