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Bebop Spoken There

Buddy Rich: "You either swing a band or you don't swing a band - (Metronome April 1956).

Sinclair Traill: “Well I don't think he (Chet Baker) can sing either.” – (Jazz Journal August 1956).

Submissions for review

Whilst we appreciate the many emails, texts, messages and other communications we receive requesting album/gig reviews on BSH, regrettably, we are unable to reply to them all other than those we are able to answer with a positive response.
Similarly, CDs received by post will only be considered if accompanied by sufficient background material.
Finally, bear in mind that this is a jazz-based site when submitting your album.
Lance

Today Wednesday December 13

Afternoon

Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.

Brief Encounter - Vault, Hallgate, Hexham NE46 1XD. Tel: 01434 603884. 2:00pm. £7.50. advance. ‘’60’s Jazz’

Interim Recitals (Final Year Music Students) - Band Room, Music Studios, Assembly Lane, Newcastle University NE1 7RU. Inc. Harry Still (drums) 9:30am., Jimmy Jefford (saxophone) 11:15am. Free.

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Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.

Billy's Acoustic Blues - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free (weekly).

The Village Hall New Orleans Band - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.

Darlington Big Band - Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Sports & Social Club, Longfield Road, Darlington DL3 0HX. Tel: 01325 380401. 8:00pm. Free.

Swing Street - Pier Red, 27 Castlegate, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1LF. Tel: 01289 309168. 8:00pm. Free.

Improvisers' Workshop Ensemble - Great North Museum: Hancock, Barras Bridge, Newcastle NE2 4PT. 6-8pm. Free.

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

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

CD Review: Josh Shpak Band - Astatic

Josh Shpak (tpt/flug); Simon Moullier (vbs); Lucas Del Calvo (gtr); Kyumin Shim (pno); Aaron Liao (basses); Patrick Simard (dms); Roni Eytan (hca - 2 tracks) + Strings (on 3 tracks) Sam Weiser, Gabe Gladstein (vln); Alexandra Simpson (vla); Marza Merophi Wilks, Allison Drenkow (cello).
(Review by Lance). 
I'm not sure that I'm the guy to review this. Josh states that, "I've found the main reason people of my generation [his] steer away from jazz is not that the music is too complex, too angular, too tense...it's because the very sounds that the musicians are using sound old or outdated to them. I'd like to bring my music to these people in a way that makes their own favourite artists be as relevant a part of our culture's musical history as John Coltrane".
Now, as part of the 'older generation' it is strange that he uses Coltrane as an example - like did JC play with ODJB or the Hot Five? Even stranger is that his own trumpet playing is as lyrical as anything early Miles or Chet did! Maybe he can bridge the gap! 
The string section is used effectively and the soloists are first rate. My problem is the ensembles which don't do it for me - maybe I was born too soon!
Having said that, the late Clark Terry was one of Shpak's mentors (and it shows in the young man's playing - Terri Lyne Carrington and George Garzone were others) so what do I know?
Not totally for me but Josh Shpak is someone whose progress I will follow with interest - do the band play Bah Mitzvahs?
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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