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Jackie McLean: “I can't understand British audiences. In Britain there doesn't seem to be any curiosity." (Melody Maker, April 1, 1961).

Charles Mingus: "It seems to me that if our records were not issued in Britain, the British cats would have to think for themselves" (Jazz News, July 26th 1961)

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Today Wednesday July 26

Afternoon
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Jo Harrop & Joel Byrne McCullough - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 7:30pm. No cover charge. 7:30pm. 0191 2399924
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Village Hall Gang - Springwell Community Venue, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:220pm. £3.
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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

CD Review: Opaluna - Susana Pineda & Luis Salcedo.

OPALUNA
Susana Pineda – vocals; Luis Salcedo – guitar; Jeff Denson – bass, percussion, backing vocals; John Santos – percussion.
(Review by Debra)
Opaluna is the eponymous first album from this young California-based vocal & guitar duo.  Their distinctive collaboration brings together jazz, Latin and a range of other traditional and contemporary music. The project was overseen by Ridgeway Arts founder & bassist Jeff Denson, who is also featured  in Instinto Ornitologico, an atmospheric jazz funk piece, and in  Does it Rain on the Moon?,  a melancholic ballad.  

Comprising predominantly original songs, sung in Spanish & English, Bridges opens the CD with a brief coastal soundscape as a prelude to a breezy acoustic samba funk.  Wayne Shorter’s Mahjong and the original Petalos showcase the fluidity & versatility of Pineda’s voice, often used instrumentally to supplement rhythmic passages, or as an additional melodic line.  Throughout the album there is a strong sense of rhythm, most evident in Baile de Opuestos (Inchworm), featuring John Santos on percussion.  Salcedo’s guitar playing encompasses traditional Latin acoustic, jazz, funk, rock &  folk.  This variety, supplemented by the selective use of electronic sounds and vocal harmonies, provides dynamic depth and adds texture to the intimate vocal-guitar combination.  An original and impressive debut. 
Available on Ridgeway Records.
Debra.

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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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