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Piers Paul Read: "Bruce Reynolds and Biggs shared an interest in Sex, Jazz and Hemingway." - (The Train Robbers by Piers Paul Read, Coronet Books 1979.)

George Shearing: "Speaking about Johann Sebastian Bach I think he'd be a real jazzer if he were alive today. I mean any man who has two wives, twenty kids, gets kicked out of the church for being too harmonically radical and drinks beer can't be all wrong can he?" - (Crescendo March 1984.)

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Lance

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Today Thursday July 19

Afternoon

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

Evening

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Holywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. 8:30pm. Free.

Alexys de Alfaro: Guitar Dreams with Coco Vega - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling Street, Gateshead NE8 2BA. Doors 7:00pm. A ‘jar on the bar’ gig. Guitar & percussion.

Alter Ego - St James’ & St Basil’s Church, Fenham Hall Drive, Newcastle NE4 9EJ. 7:30pm. £10.00.

Jesse Bannister Quartet - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. £10.00. (£8.00. concs.). JNE.

Northern Monkey Brass Band - Jubilee Park, Spennymoor DL16. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Big BRASS Bash (Durham Brass Festival).

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

Tees Hot Club w. Donna Hewitt (alto); Josh Bentham (tenor); Dave Archbaid (keys) - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9pm. Free.

Jazz Jam - Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 8pm. Free.

Billy's Buskers: Plug in and Play - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 7:00pm. Free.

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

Sunday, April 29, 2018

CD Review: Jungsu Choi Tiny Orkester - Tschuss Jazz Era

Jungsu Choi (vocals (2) composer/arranger); Eunmi Kim (flute); MinkYu Cha (alto); Sungil Bae (tenor); Yejung Kim (trumpet); Junyeon Lee (trombone); Sehwa Kang (cello); Sungyun Hong (guitar); Jungmin Lee (piano); Joseph Han (bass); Hyunsu Lee (drums) + Jinho Pyo, Sehyun Baik (vocals)
(Review by Lance)
Jungsu Choi: “In whatever direction jazz might develop, I am ready to welcome the new jazz, bye-bye jazz era! My music is meant to free jazz from jazz, without any labels
Michael Gibbs: “Wow! This is top-class, modern big band jazz, with solidly and very well made, unique arrangements – energetic, orchestral, demanding, skilfully written…Jungsu Choi’s music introduces us to his fascinating feel and his talent. ”

Choi’s remarks may sound like posturing but, taken in conjunction with Michael Gibbs’ observations that thought is soon dismissed and, upon listening to the album, it becomes readily apparent that this is something special!
Leader Choi spent three years composing two and arranging all of the five tracks. He never actually had the chance to hear them during that period, they only existed, he says, in the shape of ink on hundreds of pages of paper.
Maybe, but when listening to the Tiny Orkester, one can but marvel at the skills of these 12 or so Korean musicians interpreting those ‘ink shapes’ so brilliantly.
You may think you’ve heard Anthropology, A Train and Spain one time too many but, take it from me, you’ve never heard them quite like this! 
A Train is, in fact, retitled as What if Duke Ellington Didn’t Take the A Train? Junyeon Lee’s trombone solo brings some sanity into this attempt to derail the most famous train in jazz history.
Spain has a long intro and many changes of tempo before the tune emerges. Some scintillating flute work is almost submerged by the ensemble, complete with wordless vocal.
Anthropology has cool alto, fiery trumpet and more outstanding fluting including a flute/tenor counterpoint section that defies the use of the word incredible – it’s not strong enough!
Stolen Yellow has the composer vocalising as part of the ensemble, guitar solo by Hong, bullfight trumpet over steady trombone riff. Wild alto blast, fantastic writing takes it out.
The other original, Nach Wien 224, sees Choi and Pyo adding their voices to the ensemble with cello emerging briefly. Pyo can also be heard solo. This is as close to a ballad as it gets which isn’t very close although maybe it is by Korean standards.
King Gil Evans is dead. Long Live King Choi!
A late arrival in the CD of the Month Stakes.
Lance.

Available on Challenge Records or via Amazon-ITunes.

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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.
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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.)
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