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Hudson Music: Lance's "Bebop Spoken Here" is one of the heaviest and most influential jazz blogs in the UK.

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16246 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 128 of them this year alone and, so far, 72 this month (Feb. 29).

From This Moment On ...

March

Mon 04: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 05: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Joe Steels, Paul Grainger, Michael Mather.

Wed 06: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 06: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 06: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 07: Ray Stubbs R & B All Stars @ The Schooner, South Shore Road, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Thu 07: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Ragtime piano.
Thu 07: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. Guests: Mark Toomey (alto sax); Donna Hewitt (tenor sax); Garry Hadfield (keys); Ron Smith (bass); Mark Hawkins (drums). 8:30pm.

Fri 08: Noel Dennis Quartet @ The Old Library, Auckland Castle. 1:00pm. £8.00. Noel Dennis (trumpet, flugelhorn); Rick Laughlin (keyboards); Mick Shoulder (double bass); Tim Johnston (drums).
Fri 08: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 08: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free. CANCELLED! Back on March 15.
Fri 08: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Sat 09: Alex Fawcett Band + Lindsay Hannon Blues Trio @ Sedgefield Parish Hall. 7:00pm. £15.00. A Sedgefield Rock & Blues Club event. Tickets: www.sedgefieldblues.com.
Sat 09: Shunyata Improvisation Group @ Cullercoats Watch House. 8:00pm. Donations. A Watch House renovation fundraising concert.
Sat 09: Ray Stubb’s R&B All Stars @ The Peacock, Sunderland. 6:00pm. Free. Gig in the downstairs bar.

Sun 10: Am Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:30pm. Free.
Sun 10: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 10: Salty Dog @ The Lounge, Blyth. 4:00pm. Free.
Sun 10: Vintage Explosion @ Wylam Brewery, Newcastle.
Sun 10: Fraser Fifield: Secret Path Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 10: Jazz Jam @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Mon 11: Matthew Forster Quartet @ Yamaha Music School, Seaforth St., Blyth NE24 1AY. 1:00 - 1:45pm. £8.00. + bf.
Mon 11: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 12: Lewis Watson Quartet @ Newcastle House Hotel, Rothbury. 7:30pm.

Monday, July 08, 2019

CD Review: Larry Fuller - Overjoyed


Larry Fuller (piano), Hassan Shakur (bass), Lewis Nash (drums).
(Review by Dave Brownlow).

What a pleasure it is to come across an album such as this which incorporates many of the best qualities of jazz music – swing, the blues, chops, flair, humour, drive, surprise, good taste, invention, and sheer joy. Larry Fuller has worked with many notable musicians - Ray Brown, Ernestine Anderson, Harry Edison, Phil Woods, Clark Terry, John Pizzarelli - and he brings the experience gained to the piano keyboard in his own soulful style on this CD.
Fuller likes to connect with the audience emotionally through the ‘joie de vivre’ of his playing much as Oscar Peterson did and indeed there are connections to Oscar’s famous trio throughout. Larry played long-term in the Ray Brown Trio, also including a Peterson composition here. The trio arrangements are tight and well rehearsed, and the exuberance and élan of his playing is reminiscent at times of O.P. himself. Standards, blues, jazz, pop, bossa-nova – Fuller is comfortable and expert in all of those genres with excellent support from Shakur and Nash.

Wes Montgomery’s Fried Pies gets us off to a ‘groovy’ start with plenty of grits and gravy. Stevie Wonder’s Overjoyed has a flowing, delicate interpretation in ‘bossa’ style with lots of filigree upper-register runs from the pianist, anchored by sturdy support from bass and drums. A “bluesy” Ray Brown composition, Lined with a Groove, includes fine, agile work from the bassist very much in the style of Ray himself. Two Fuller originals follow. Jane’s Theme features a tightly arranged trio head with statement and performance on an attractive chord sequence. A soulful The Mooch charges along in a joyful examination of an age-old chord sequence so beloved of jazzers. The Gershwin’s standard How Long Has This Been Going On, unaccompanied, has a typical Peterson out-of-tempo theme, leading to a ‘stride’ solo which swings irresistibly.

Cubano Chant, from the pen of Ray Bryant, charges along joyfully with Fuller mining many of the traditional blues phrases. Mona Lisa (Evans and Livingstone) is charmingly, unpretentiously played in ballad style (a far cry from Conway Twitty’s 1959 version!) Peterson’s fast, intricate Bossa Beguine is a tour-de-force for the group and after a tightly arranged theme segment, Larry shows off his fine technique and Nash also shines on the fours.

Richard Evans’ slightly melancholic Bossa Nove De Marilla is tastefully played with classical influences throughout. More glittering right-hand runs enhance this track. Never Let Me Go (also by Ray Evans and Jay Livingston) is a thoughtful, sensitive, unaccompanied piece where Larry digs deep in an emotional rendering of the well-known song. A lively work out on Preston Foster’s Got My Mojo Workin’ and the CD ends with a good dose of the foundation of jazz – the blues.

Larry Fuller’s own philosophy sums up this release accurately – “To uplift people with the joyous spirit of the music. “To play with joy, to swing and play the blues. These are the hallmarks of jazz that inspired me and are the traditions I continue to aspire to”
Dave B
Available now on Capri Records - #74155-2 from: caprirecords.com or
larryfuller.com/about/

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