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Frank Zappa: "There was so much acid during the '60s that it was very easy for large numbers of people to think they had seen God as soon as the Beatles went boom, boom, boom, you know?." - (DownBeat May 18, 1978). – (DownBeat May 18, 1978).

Ryan Keberle: “Don't be easy on yourself when it comes to playing with perfect intonation. All other instruments will be playing with close-to-perfect intonation; the same should be expected of trombonists.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Thursday March 22


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

Higher Education & Research Presents: Future Grooves - Sage Gateshead. 12 noon. £5.00. Showcase performances by BMus & BA degree course students featuring jazz and non-jazz sets.

Tees Valley Jazzmen - White Horse Hotel, Burtree Lane, Harrowgate Hill, Darlington DL1 3AD. Tel: 01325 463262. 1:30pm. Free.


MGB: Milne Glendinning Band - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00. Milne, Glendinning, Katy Trigger (bass) & Nik Alevroyiannis (drums).

BABMUS @ Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm. £3.00. (£2.00. students/MU).

Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra - St Cuthbert’s Centre, Church Hill, Crook DL15 9DN. Tel: 01388 765002. 7:30pm. £7.50., £5.00. child, £20.00. family.

Higher Education & Research Presents: Future Grooves - Sage Gateshead. 7:30pm. £5.00. Showcase performances by BMus & BA degree course students featuring jazz and non-jazz sets.

Ada Francis & the Italic Quartet - Las Iguanas, Grey Street, Newcastle NE1 6AF. Tel: 0191 232 9729. 7:30pm. Fortnightly restaurant residency. Line-up: Ada Francis (vocals); Jimmy Jefford (tenor saxophone); Ben Richardson (piano); Luke Gaul (bass) & Harry Still (drums).

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

Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter’s Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. Tel: 0191 488 8068. 8:30pm. Free.

Tees Hot Club w. Gus Smith (vocal); Richie Emmerson (tenor); Bruce Taylor (keys) - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9pm. Free.

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

Sunday, December 06, 2015

CD Review: Luca Stoll Quartet - Mono

Luca Stoll (ten); Clovis Nicolas (bs); Tadataka Unno (pno); Peter Van Nostrand (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Stoll, American saxist (now living in Oxford) recorded this with his fellow Americans in Vevey, Switzerland where the quartet were finishing an 8 night run at La Guinguette - a music bar.
The album was recorded live at the venue using a single mike resulting in a 'good old-fashioned mono sound' hence the title. In fact the sound is indeed what we remember from those pre-stereo days. 
A mix of contemporary compositions by Stoll and some choice standards (Old Folks; Get Out of Town; The End of a Love Affair and How Long Has This Been Going On?) make this an album of many delights. Stoll's dry tone, although the notes quote Hawkins and Webster as influences, brings to mind such as Warne Marsh and Spike Robinson. Probing, explorative, no fastest gun in the west showboating, just the lost art of making every note count. Perhaps even a suggestion of James Moody. However, the name game is irrelevant, Stoll is his own man - particularly on the originals.
Unno  solos well and Van Nostrand kicks and explodes when kicking and explosions are needed as well as being featured on End of a Love Affair but Nicolas suffers from the single mike recording. This reminds me of the old days when we'd listen to bootleg records of Parker or Lester, oblivious to the sound quality, just delighted to hear our heroes in situ. Well this quartet have yet to become heroes but, they're on their way and if they, or Luca, record again under studio conditions then the result could be something special. As it is, it's a good introduction to a player(s) who may well become a major force on the UK scene.
There's an interesting concept to the sequence of tracks inasmuch as, after each one, the key signature is raised by either a fifth or a semitone from the track preceeding - running from G major to C minor. I doubt if the average Joe will notice or appreciate it, this average Joe didn't!

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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.
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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.)
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