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Bebop Spoken There

Hugh Masekela: “I advise every kid to check out their past because without a past you are in limbo.” (Songlines December 2017)

Leo Richardson: “I think your image is really important. You look at those old Blue Note recordings and you look at the liner note, the booklet and they’re in the studio and they’re wearing shirt and ties. They used to wear suits all the time.” – (Jazzwise December 2017/January 2018)

Submissions for review

Whilst we appreciate the many emails, texts, messages and other communications we receive requesting album/gig reviews on BSH, regrettably, we are unable to reply to them all other than those we are able to answer with a positive response.
Similarly, CDs received by post will only be considered if accompanied by sufficient background material.
Finally, bear in mind that this is a jazz-based site when submitting your album.
Lance

Today December 14

Afternoon

Interim Recitals (Final Year Music Students) - Recital Room, Armstrong Building, Newcastle University NE1 7RU. Inc. Ben Richardson (jazz piano) 10:00am.

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Christmas Swing w Danny Reed - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE33 1ES. 7:00pm. £18.95.

Indigo Jazz Voices - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter’s Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. Tel: 0191 488 8068. 8:30pm. Free.

Tees Hot Club w. guests - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free.

Durham University Big Band - Riverside Bar, Dunelm House, New Elvet, Durham DH1 3AN. 8:30pm (doors 8:00pm). Free admission. The band’s ‘Jazzy Christmas 5’.

WCEA Big Band - Whitburn Church of England Academy, Whitburn SR6 7EF. Tel: 0191 529 3712. 7:00-9:30pm. £4.00. (£10.00. family of three). Tickets must be purchased in advance by December 8th. ‘Christmas Swing-a-long’ to include school choir. Whitburn Academy competes regularly at the annual Great North Big Band Jazz Festival.

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

Saturday, August 05, 2017

CD Review: The Dime Notes.

Andrew Oliver (piano); David Hornblow (clarinet); Dave Kelbie (guitar); Tom Wheatley (bass).
(Review by Lance).
A little gem showcasing early jazz whilst drawing it to the attention of present-day listeners. Four mature players, yet still too young to have been accorded venerable status although, in a blindfold test, I think they would have been.
The influences are the New Orleans of Evan Christopher, who wrote the album notes, and early New York jazz. Jelly Roll and Bechet are well represented in the repertoire alongside Handy, Boyd Senter and, among others, pianist Oliver who composed Otis Stomp inspired by a small town in his native Oregon.
Oliver, now resident in London, plays two-fisted Jelly Roll piano worthy of any Storyville professor.
Clarinetist Hornblow (you couldn't make it up!) does what his surname suggests in the manner that he did with Chris Barber and other trad jazz luminaries. Albert Nicholas, Omer Simeon, Barney Bigard, Jimmy Noone, Johnny Dodds are all part of his lineage.
Tom Wheatley was born with jazz in his genes. Being the son of guitarist Martin Wheatley it's little surprise he easily slots into the genre.
Dave Kelbie not only provided the rhythmic comping that compensates for the lack of a drummer and, it has to be said, a drummer would be superfluous here, but also assisted with the mixing, the package design and the artwork. And so he should - it's his label!
Original Jelly Roll Blues; Alabamy Bound; Aunt Hagar's Children's Blues; Black Stick Blues; The Pearls; T'ain't Clean; Otis Stomp; Si Tu Vois Ma Mère; The Camel Walk; The Crave; I Believe in Miracles; Ole Miss; Turtle Twist; What a Dream.
For those who like their early jazz with present day recording technology and without the chug of the b-a-n-j-o then this is for you.
Lance
Now available on lejazzetal RECORDS LJCD16

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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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