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In the current climate we are doing our best to keep everyone up to date. All gigs, as we all know, are off.

However, good old YouTube has plenty to offer both old and new to help us survive whilst housebound. Plus now is a good time to stock up on your CDs.

Also, keep an eye out for live streaming sessions.

Alternatively, you could do as they do in Italy and sing from your balcony.

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As we all know there are no live gigs taking place in the immediate future. However, any links to jazz streaming that are deemed suitable - i.e. with a professional approach - will be considered for posting.

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

CD Review: Nat Steele - Portrait of the Modern Jazz Quartet

Nat Steele (vibes); Gabriel Latchin (piano); Dario Di Lecce (bass); Steve Brown (drums)
(Review by Lance)
Mention MJQ and two contrasting images spring to mind. The early quartet which, I believe begun life as the rhythm section of the Dizzy Gillespie Big Band who, when they left to form what was initially the Milt Jackson Quartet (same initials get it?), breathed a breath of fresh air into 1950's small group modern jazz. Driven originally by bop drummer Kenny Clarke the momentum continued, at least for a while when Connie Kay took over from Clarke.
Fast forward a few years and the music became somewhat more pretentious in keeping with the band's funereal apparel and matching sombre expressions.

Fortunately, London based vibist Steele has opted for the earlier bop influenced period which in this case covers the period 1953-1957. 
Living, as we do, in an age where jazz musicians 'pay their dues' in colleges and academies it comes as a pleasant surprise to find that Steele is actually self-taught. Steele brings to mind Tubby Hayes' vibes playing particularly on Autumn in New York.
Naturally, comparisions are made with Milt Jackson and Steele is not found wanting and, possibly due to present day recording techniques, actually gets a warmer sound than did Milt who often sounded like he was hitting milk bottles.
Gabriel Latchin we know from his recent trio recording which we raved about last month and he doesn't let the side down here.
Italian born Lecce is rapidly making a name for himself in this country and justifiably so. Solos are impressive - listen to him on the Bachian Softly as in a Morning Sunrise. When he's put back in the box he remains an integral part of the group.
Steve Brown does what he always does and I don't mean smile although I'm sure he was grinning ear to ear on this session. Even John Lewis himself would, I'm sure, have allowed himself a faint movement of the lips had he been on the gig. No, Steve was laying down a drum masterclass as he invariably does when the going is good.
The going was good on October 14, last year in the Master Chord Studio.
Woddy 'n You; The Golden Striker; La Ronde Suite (3 parts); Autumn in New York; Softly as in a Morning Sunrise; I'll Remember April; Django; Bags' Groove; All of You.
The album will be in the shops and online from September 15 as well as at the launch on Sunday lunchtime at Ronnie's (September 10).
Lance.

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