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Bebop Spoken There

Curtis Stigers: “I’m a jazz singer. I’m not a saxophonist. When I stand in front of a band like the Danish Radio Big Band or Ronnie Scott’s, I usually tend to leave the instrument on the stand.” – (The Northern Echo 20 July 2017)

Tamsin Austin, Director of Performance Programme, Sage Gateshead: “SummerTyne is our largest festival and we absolutely love it!” – (The Northern Echo 20 July 2017)

Today Friday July 21

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
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SummerTyne Americana Festival 2017 - Sage Gateshead. Day 0ne of three. Details. From 12 noon all day.
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Ruth Lambert Quartet - The Lit & Phil, 23 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SE. 1pm. £5.
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Alice Grace Trio - Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Belinda Voshtina & James Harrison - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm. Free.
Washboard Resonators - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

CD Review: Brent Laidler - No Matter Where Noir.

(Review by Lance)
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Intro and dialogue.
(Telephone rings)
"Miami - 1959"
"Hello?"
"Oh Good, You're still there!"
Her voice was well modulated but somewhat breathless with an accent I couldn't place.
"So what can I do for you?"
"Your ad in the phone book says you specialize in missing persons, are you any good at it?"
"I'd like to think so. So who's missing and how long have they been gone?"
"Me. I mean... I don't know."
Most 'Persons' cases start out pretty simple. This didn't seem to be one of them.
You don't have to wear a trenchcoat or a fedora pulled down over your eyes, or walk down mean streets or drink shots of Bourbon like as though they were soda pops, to enjoy this atmospheric album but I'll bet you're imagining you are as you get deeper and deeper into the music.
Although set in Miami, this is the world of Raymond Chandler or Mickey Spillane set to music. Music composed by Brent Laidler that captures the era of pulp magazines - the gumshoes, slinky dames, hoods wearing black shirts with white ties, the two-bit rooming houses, the bars, the night clubs and the other archetypal people and places that populated those mean streets.
The musicians capture the mood to perfection - 1950's Blue Note. 
Buselli brings Freddie Hubbard and Lee Morgan to mind. Shiner is Milt Jackson with a warmer sound. Saxman Boyd is a swinger who wails emotively when the scenario demands it. Listen to his baritone on Heavy Memphis Jones. The inspiration may have come from Have You Met Miss Jones? but the portrait is that of a badass dude hitman. 
Throughout, Newman's piano slots in so easily as does Pazera's bass whilst the two drummers who split the tracks are also on the case.
Titles: Downtown by Nine; Jamie's Joynt; Sixth Sense; No Matter Where Noir; Southern Gate; Heavy Memphis Jones; Law of Attraction; Not Just Another Waltz; Meet me at the Havana Hilton; Keep me in Mind.
Rarely has a concept album got it so so right but Laidler with his compositions and his playing is on the money. 
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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