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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.

Sunday, May 01, 2016

CD Review: Tony Lustig Quintet - Taking Flight.


Tony Lustig (bar/bs.clt); Mike Dease (tmb); Samora Pinderhughes (pno); Ben Williams (bs); Ulysses Owens (dms).
(Review by Lance).
A cracking session - what else can I say? Great baritone sax playing (endorsed by Joe Temperley in the blurb), compatible trombone alongside him in the frontline and a sympathetic rhythm section. What's not to like?
Wherein lies the problem.
So many good musicians are rolling off the conveyer belts of the music schools, here, in Europe and the States. Each and everyone, sooner, rather than later, has an album on the digital shelves of a cyber record store near you. Some even make it on to the racks of a 'bricks and mortar' music store, but, at the end of the day, there are just too many fish swimming in a small pool.
As I began, Lustig blows fine bari but so did Gerry Mulligan and Cecil Payne. John Surman still does and all of the grandmasters of jazz are even now readily available in a jazz specialist store or online.
So why buy this one? I don't know! If you've heard the band at a gig you're going to put down the dough there and then. But, if you're 6000 miles away, are you going to fork out your hard earned bucks on what you've read here or even in Down Beat?
I have my doubts! However, if you do decide to splash the cash, then you won't be disappointed - I'd swap two of my Mulligan's for this and throw in a Lars Gullin for good measure!
Samples.
Lance.

1 comment :

Steven Tulip said...

Know what you mean Lance. We attended a Masterclass at Leeds Uni a while back and, while he acknowledges it's great that kids have such vast access to such a huge amount of music, it makes it more difficult for them to maintain focus on one thing. I wonder how many people know an Amazon basket only stretches to 600 items so I have maybe another hundred on scraps of paper, including Soul, Blues, Reggae, Rock and whatever takes my fancy, some DVDs and books. I also like to buy CDs from any good live bands at gigs cos I know some depend on it.
I love the baritone sax and may well buy this album but it just gets impossible to keep up.

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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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