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Jeremy Pelt: "It [Birth of the Cool sessions] was bebop in sheep's clothing." - (DownBeat, December 2019).

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Today Tuesday November 12

Afternoon

Jazz

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm - 3:00pm. Free.

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. Tel: 0191 227 5500. 1:15pm. Stanley Nelson's 2019 documentary film.

Evening

Jazz

Not Now Charlie - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB.Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

Blues

Sugaray Rayford - Cluny, Lime St., Newcastle NE1 2PQ. Tel 0191 230 4474. 8:00pm. £15.00.

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

Monday, January 14, 2019

CD Review: Jack Kilby & the Front Line - Love is a Song Anyone Can sing

(Review by Lance).

If, as has been suggested, my reviews are 'schmoozers' then let me put you in the picture. If I don't like an album it doesn't get reviewed it's as simple as that.  Some of the rejects end up as coasters others, well you don't want to know what happens to them! In fact, 9 out of 10 albums are left on the cutting room floor.

This is a ten percent survivor!

It's arrived via timemobile from 1950's Birdland/Bop City/Blue Note Records to Charlottesville, Va, 2018. Art Blakey lives! Hank Mobley too and all the strung out cats who laid down some of the greatest modern jazz ever. Kilby and his cohorts carry on that tradition in a healthier fashion over two halves of an album that makes Charleyville the jazz capital of the world for at least an hour or so.


The first half, nostalgically described as 'Side 1', has 13 tracks but only 5 of them occupy any length the others are but mere whimsical interludes. Intriguing numbers eg Sensitive Like Ladies has the 3 vocalists extolling the virtues of Lester Young and Life in a Glasshouse features Antonio Hart blowing jazzbricks in a Mingusian inspired composition.

'Side 2' continues in a similar vein with more hardbop and an unusual take on Jupiter from Holst's The Planets Suite - that good old Jarrow Central School Hymn! Gustav Holst and the JCS headmaster may be turning in their respective graves but I for one would never have been late if this version had been played - it makes the recent Echoes of Ellington Orchestra's setting seem as distant as the planet itself. Not a crit of either, I hasten to say, both are worthy of a place in the jazz universe.

Apart from the soloists, Christie Dalshiell adds some delectable vocal touches to Pure Imagination and Colors of the Wind. I could wax eloquent forever but I don't want to be accused once more of schmoozing so check it out for yourself!
Lance.
Jack Kilby (drums); John D'earth (trumpet); Charles Owens (tenor sax); Elad Cohen (trombone); Allyn Johnson (trumpet); Kris Monson (bass) + Antonio Hart (sop/alto sax); Braxton Cook (flute); Mark G. Meadows (piano); Marcus Tenney (trumpet); Peter Del Grosso (French horn); Christie Dashiell, Solomon Howard, Micah Robinson (vocals). 

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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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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 all of them other than those we are able to answer with a positive response.
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Finally, bear in mind that this is a jazz-based site when submitting your album.
Lance