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Bebop Spoken There

Tony Fisher: In the heyday of that scene [the1960s] there were about 120 musicians in London who did everything and of course, if you made a mistake you were never called again." - (Jazz Journal online, 19 September 2019).

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COFID- 19

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.

Today

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.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

CD Review: Jim Rattigan's Pavillon - The Freedom of Movement

(Review by Lance).

Apart from being one of the relatively few jazz French hornists in the UK, Rattigan is also an imaginative and forward looking arranger and composer. On French horn he produces the lovely dry sound associated with the instrument - like an ice-cold beer on a summer's day - and one wonders why it is such a rarity, the sound is so compelling.

Given the line-up, one could be forgiven for thinking Gil Evans but one would be wrong! This, to my mind, is 100% Rattigan. His writing comes without any baggage - he is his own man. Having said that, the team of A-listers he has chosen are as much a part of him as were Hodges and co to Ellington.

All play their part to perfection. The trumpets on the whimsical Sweet Tamarind take it out with a good old joust. They have their individual moments too. Mark Nightingale is heard to good effect throughout as are the saxes whilst the rhythm section keeps it all afloat.

The title - Freedom of Movement - Rattigan informs us is a reflection of his career moving across the genres as musicians have to do in these times. A French horn player, even one as able as Jim Rattigan, may find it difficult to put bread on the table purely as a jazzman (it doesn't just apply to French horn players I hear a thousand voices say!). However, with his compositional and arranging skills as displayed here, I doubt you'll ever find him busking at a station on the Piccadilly Line.

Just wish I could catch the band live without having to go to Hastings (Nov. 5); Birmingham (Nov.7); Luton (Nov. 22) or Colchester (Jan. 17, 2020).
*Release date is Oct. 18 with a launch the following day at the Jazz Café Posk in London.
Lance

Jim Rattigan (French horn); Martin Speake (alto sax); Andy Panayi (tenor sax); Mick Foster (baritone sax); Percy Pursglove (trumpet/flugelhorn); Steve Fishwick, Robbie Robson (trumpet); Mark Nightingale, Sarah Williams (trombone); Hans Koller (piano); Dave Whitford (bass); Martin France (drums).

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