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Hudson Music: Lance's "Bebop Spoken Here" is one of the heaviest and most influential jazz blogs in the UK.

Today Wednesday January 29

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Blues/Soul/Funk etc.

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Monday, July 25, 2016

CD Review: Engelbert Wrobel's Swing Society - 20 Years.

Engelbert Wrobel (clt/ten/sop);  Dan Barrett (tmb/tpt); Chris Hopkins (pno); Rolf Marx (gtr); Ingmar Heller (bs); Oliver Mewes (dms). + string quartet.
(Review by Lance).
Colin Aitchison kindly passed on this disc to me for review - unfortunately, he didn't give me the magnifying glass (unless Ann Alex has nicked it!)  If CD booklets were printed in black and white we'd have a chance but, in the name of art, they're invariably in two shades so close that even if the letters were 24pt capitals it would still be difficult to read without your bifocals!
In this case, it doesn't matter as the music speaks for itself. Lovely mainstream/swing that brings to mind Goodman's Sextet, the Gramercy Five (sans harpsichord); John Kirby; Dave Shepherd; Harry Parry. Wrobel, as fluent a clarinet player as any of the current crop, although George McDonald and Matthias Seuffert run him close; also plays soprano and tenor. Maybe I'm wrong but I guess that clarinet is his main instrument. Likewise, Dan Barrett who, as well as playing mighty fine trombone, also sneaks in on trumpet. His composition Long Live the King is a tribute to Benny Goodman although it could easily have been applied to Jack Teagarden after his trombone solo. 
Serenade in Blue, with the string quartet added,  is a knicker dropper of a song for ladies of  'a certain age'! The problem  for 'gentlemen of a certain age' is in following it through! Best just to enjoy the piano solo and dream...  A solid rhythm section and an occasional, pleasing, intrusion by the string quartet make this the kind of band you wish you could hear more often at your local jazz club. Oscar Pettiford's Tricotism features Heller. A helluva bass player!
A cracking CD.'
Buy/sample.
Lance.

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