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Cécile McLorin Salvant: “I feel like once the song is gone, it’s gone. Music is the fleeting art form – it should be.”(Down Beat October 2017).

John Beasley: “So many jazz band leaders nowadays, they really want to plan out their sets. I came up with guys that read the crowd.” – (Jazz Journal October 2017)

Today Friday November 24

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Monkseaton Arms, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.

Graham Hardy & Paul Edis @ Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. 03000 266 600. 1:00pm. £5.00.

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Evening

Sandrani - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:45pm. £10.00. & £8.00. JNE Women Make Music.

Swamp Hoppers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Skidoo 52: The Joint Is Jumpin’ - Middleton & Tonbridge Village Hall, Middleton, Morpeth NE61 4RA. 01670 772600. 7:30pm. £8.00. adult, £4.00. child.

Rendezvous Jazz - Riverdale Hall Country House Hotel, Bellingham NE48 2JT. 01434 435402. Three-day event, two night stay £164.00.pp, band performing evening Friday 24 & Saturday 25.

Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.

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

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

CD Review: Flying Machines.

Alex Munk (gtr); Matt Robinson (pno/keys); Conor Chaplin (el. bs.); Dave Hamblett (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Faultless musicianship? - without doubt! These guys really do create the image that they and their 'machines' are flying. Which, given that Munk's father, Roger Munk, was a renowned expert and world leader in the field of lighter than air technology, is no less than we would expect.
Centred on Munk's unique compositional approach, Flying Machines fuse visceral improvisation with anthemic melodies and lusciously textured soundscapes.
It's a sound shot, I'm told, of the 'here and now' of London's cutting-edge music scene, a decadent mash up of prog rock energy, free-wheeling improvisations and ambient meditations that never detract from the emotive lyricism at the music's core.
Well, who am I to argue with that? Although I might if I knew what it meant!.
Munk, is a fine guitarist and he shows a lyrical approach that, I suppose, encompasses the above elements without hurting anyone and, seeing as they are all his compositions, he does them justice - after all, you don't invent a game to get beat at it.
It's one of those discs that repeated listening brings out previously missed nuances; the unusual twist in the solo, the bass and drum interaction, the keyboard moments.
The blurb suggests a nod in the direction of Metheny and Mike Walker and you can hear it.
The CD is launched at The Vortex on October 14 and they play the Green Note as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival.
Next year they tour reaching Newcastle on February 28 for a JNE gig although this gig doesn't appear on the JNE or the FM website so maybe some clarification is required?
A word of warning - unless you have 20-20 vision the album notes are nearly unreadable and I hope prospective buyers don't judge a CD by its cover.
So what's new?
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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