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Danny Halperin: "Johnny Griffin is possibly the worst tenor saxophonist who has come to widespread public attention in the past decade." – (Jazz News, March 21, 1962).

Polly Gibbons: “If Billie [Holiday] had come up in the ’60s, she probably would have been a soul singer” – (Down Beat August 2017).

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Today Wednesday August 16

Afternoon
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Tynemouth Metro Station, Station Tce., Tynemouth NE30 4RE. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
New Orleans Jazz at the Village Hall - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.
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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).
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Tees Hot Club - Cleveland Bay, 718 Yarm Rd., Eaglescliffe TS16 0JE. 9pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, May 07, 2016

CD Review: Louis Heriveaux - Triadic Episode.

Louis Heriveaux (pno); Curtis Lundy (bs); Terreon Gully (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Heriveaux lives and works around Atlanta, Ga. although, on the strength of this CD, his reputation should be worldwide. However, as I've mentioned in previous reviews, such is the glut of talent working the jazz scene it must now be ever more increasingly difficult for any jazz musician to get his nose in front of the pack.
Many years ago, Sonny Stitt played Gateshead Town Hall. He was to have been accompanied by the Bill le Sage Trio. Unfortunately, their car broke down somewhere in Yorkshire and the promoters (JNE?) had to search frantically for a local rhythm section to back the great man. Eventually, they pulled the Malcolm Saul Trio and the rest, as they say, is the stuff of legend!
Today, if that happened in any major city in the jazz world they'd be spoilt for choice!
Getting back to Louis Heriveaux, this is an excellent album. Not entirely groundbreaking but with some innovative twists that reveal the pianist to be as good as most of the current crop and maybe even better than some of his predecessors. A mix of originals and standards. Body and Soul has a touch of Tatum, a garnish of Garner, shades of Shearing and a whole lot of Herivwaux. The opener, From Day to Day, is dedicated to the composer of the same, Mulgrew Miller. Blue Bossa is done in 6/4 whilst All the Things is in 7/4. The originals are from all three musicians and reveal that their talents also include compositional skills alongside the ability to swing their collective asses off!
This one is headed for the car stereo which, as readers will know, is the Bebop Spoken Here equivalent of a Grammy nomination!
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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