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Bebop Spoken There

Jimi Durso: "Be in tune when you hit the stage [At a jam session]. Also, bring a list of songs you know." - (DownBeat October 2018).

Jazzmeia Horn: "She's not a jazz singer whoever she is [Aretha Franklin]." - (Blindfold Test, DownBeat October 2018).

Today Wednesday September 26

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8:00pm. £1.00.

Community Hall New Orleans Band - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm £3.00. 20th anniversary of Jazz at Springwell. Guests.

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson Street, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

Jam session - Dun Cow, Brandling Village, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 4RS. Tel: 0191 338 7981. 8:00pm. Free. House trio led by Bradley Johnston.

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

Monday, January 22, 2018

CD Review: Greg Cordez - Last Things Last.

Michael Blake (tenor); Steve Cardenas (guitar): Greg Cordez (bass guitar); Kirk Knuffke (cornet); Allison Miller (drums).
(Review by Lance).
The theme is that of coincidence - you can read about all this at the bottom of the page and decide whether it bears any relevance to the music heard. Whether or not it does or does not is in the ears of the beholder - listeners may just prefer to listen without any hifalutin distractions.
You won't be disappointed, the music is superb. The blurb lists
influences such as Reid Anderson, Todd Sickafoose - whoever they are - along with Charlie Haden (I know who he is!) but, overall, I get the feeling that the omnipresent figure is Mingus. Which is no bad thing.

The writing seems to draw a lot on Mingus' harmonies although I'm sure Charlie Haden's influence is also well felt.
Solid soloing, Blake's tenor sounds like a saxophone should sound whilst Knuffke is lyrical, unlike so many of the newer players, and the two form a beautiful frontline. Cardenas is an equally impressive soloist whilst leader, bassist, composer, Cordez holds it all together with some assists from Allison Miller.
The album is released on February 16 with a launch concert 3 days later at the Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol, maybe they'll visit Newcastle.
Maybe they won't, so buying the CD is the next best option.
And it's not a bad option at all!
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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