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Ethan Iverson: "I asked Bertha [Hope] if she ever used the word "contrafact" to describe the process of writing new tunes over old changes, and she replied, "Of course not. The only people who used that word went to a university to learn about jazz."" - (Jazz Times March 2020).

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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, January 03, 2018

CD Review: Phil DeGreg Trio - Queen City Blues

Phil DeGreg (piano); Aaron Jacobs (bass); John Taylor (drums).
(Review by Lance).
OMG! Here's another one that got swept under the carpet - what a magic carpet this piece of Kidderminster is turning out to be!
Is there a better listening recipe than a swinging trio of guys who know the score playing a mix of standards and originals?
I think not. Hines, Wilson, Tatum, Garner, Peterson, Evans, Jarrett laid down the rules and musicians across the world have listened and built upon it. Even here in Newcastle, guys like Paul Edis, Dean Stockdale, James Harrison, Alan Law, the now exported Pete Gilligan and several others have made their mark so it is no surprise to find this Cincinnati trio keeping the flame burning.

Relaxing with a glass of Chardonnay and listening to I've Got a Crush on You makes me want to jump onto the next flight to Ohio and to hear this live (not to mention the memories this tune has for me from so long ago...).
NYC may be the jazz capital of the world but, on the strength of this album, I think Cincinnati is in there pitching.
Many years ago, the late Pete Tabasco, who ran the Art Pepper Appreciation Society, sent me a couple of tapes of the Blue Wisp Big Band. A knockout band and it comes as no surprise to find that the DeGreg Trio was, for 13 years, the house band at the very same Blue Wisp Club.
Lance
Westside Gateway; Embraceable you; Fountain on a Square; I've Got a Crush on You; Falling Grace; Queen City Blues; Al the Things You Are; Five For All; My Foolish Heart; Favela; My Romance; Cherokee.

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