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Hugh Masekela: “I advise every kid to check out their past because without a past you are in limbo.” (Songlines December 2017)

Leo Richardson: “I think your image is really important. You look at those old Blue Note recordings and you look at the liner note, the booklet and they’re in the studio and they’re wearing shirt and ties. They used to wear suits all the time.” – (Jazzwise December 2017/January 2018)

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 December 14

Afternoon

Interim Recitals (Final Year Music Students) - Recital Room, Armstrong Building, Newcastle University NE1 7RU. Inc. Ben Richardson (jazz piano) 10:00am.

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

Evening

Christmas Swing w Danny Reed - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE33 1ES. 7:00pm. £18.95.

Indigo Jazz Voices - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00.

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. guests - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free.

Durham University Big Band - Riverside Bar, Dunelm House, New Elvet, Durham DH1 3AN. 8:30pm (doors 8:00pm). Free admission. The band’s ‘Jazzy Christmas 5’.

WCEA Big Band - Whitburn Church of England Academy, Whitburn SR6 7EF. Tel: 0191 529 3712. 7:00-9:30pm. £4.00. (£10.00. family of three). Tickets must be purchased in advance by December 8th. ‘Christmas Swing-a-long’ to include school choir. Whitburn Academy competes regularly at the annual Great North Big Band Jazz Festival.

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!
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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