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Bebop Spoken There

Dave Gelly: “From 1 January 1920, when prohibition was imposed in the US, people didn’t stop drinking, they just stopped drinking legally.” – (Jazz Journal October 2017).

Regina Carter: “When I was a teenager, I would daydream about going out on a date and dancing to Ella’s music.” (Down Beat October 2017).

Today Wednesday November 22

Afternoon
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.

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.

BBC Big Band - Middlesbrough Theatre, The Avenue, Middlesbrough TS5 6SA. 01642 815181. 7:30pm. £24.50.

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Sunday, June 04, 2017

CD Review: Chad Lefkowitz-Brown - Onward

Chad Lefkowitz-Brown (tenor); Steven Feifke (piano); Raviv Markovitz (bass); Jimmy McBride (drums) + Randy Brecker (trumpet on 2 tracks).
(Review by Lance).
A barnstorming original opening/title track Onward, by the 27 year old tenor saxist sets the stall out and is guaranteed to draw the only response possible -"Whew!"
Stevie Wonder's Isn't She Lovely? is taken so forcefully it could have been retitled Isn't She bloody (or words to that effect) Gorgeous? had not pianist Feifke toned the assault down.
Franklin Street brings Randy Brecker aboard for a mid tempo romp through CL-B's home town. Comparisions could also be made of the leader with Brecker's late brother Michael.
Giant Steps, described as 'a trial by fire for any tenorman', sees our man come through intact and unburned. Once again Feifke's piano helps the dust to settle. Note McBride's drums here!
It's not all blood and thunder though, Hoagy's The Nearness of You is given the sensitive ballad treatment the tune deserves and bares comparision with any version by, maybe, better known names.
Deviation is another kick the door down and ask questions later blast - surely a lifetime away from doing gigs with Taylor Swift - well someone has to do them!
He says: A mom and pop coffee shop still has to take cues from Starbucks. I think that applies to jazz musicians as well. There's only so much that I can take from the pop world into the jazz world, but it's been exciting for me to see through social media that there are a lot of young kids out there who are passionate about jazz and want to hear people playing and improvising at a really high level.
Blues For Randy brings Brecker back and the two horns sound good on the head. Excellent piano, the horns sparkle and the rhythm section kick.
Impetuous has a Horace Silver feel to it with McBride going for gold,
All of You, when in doubt Cole Porter's your man and Chad takes the great man's tune to the cleaners, turns it inside out, upside down, all without losing sight of the finish line which sees sanity return.
A great album and one for which I apologise for my procrastination - it was released May 12 - but well worth the wait.
Details.
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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