Total Pageviews

Bebop Spoken There

Binker Golding: "The purest jazz was often the most danceable. Somewhere along the way, we exchanged danceability for complexity, and I see a lot of what I do as a way of giving that back to people." - (Jazziz, Winter 2020).
-----

Archive

The Things They Say!

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

Rupert Burley (Dynamic Agency): "BSH just goes from strength to strength".

Today Saturday February 22

Afternoon

Jazz

Electric Guitar Masterclass – The Music of Robben Ford - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. 10:00am. £15.00. Jamie Mackay conducts a masterclass looking at the work of former Miles Davis’ sideman Robben Ford.

Evening

Daniel John Martin w Swing Manouche - Core Music, 14a/b Gilesgate, Hexham NE46 3NJ. Tel: 01434 601993. 8:00pm. Donations (suggested donation £10.00.). DJM w Mick Shoulder (guitar); Giles Strong (guitar); Ian Paterson (double bass).

Blues/Funk/Soul

Half Hand Hoodoo Band - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Boys of Brass - Brandling Villa, Haddricks Mill Road, South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 1QL. Tel: 0191 284 0490. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Tuesday, October 08, 2019

CD Review: John Yao's Triceratops - How We Do

John Yao (trombone); Billy Drewes (soprano/alto saxes); Jon Irabagon (tenor sax); Peter Brendler (bass); Mark Ferber (drums).
(Review by Lance)

Quite an intriguing concept - 3 horns, bass and drums no chordal support - also a challenging one for trombonist, composer, arranger Yao. Although named after a three-horned dinosaur this is certainly anything but prehistoric there's a crisp sound of today about it. The harmonies are cleverly handled, the interplay between the frontliners is impressive and no one trips anyone up.

At times it verges on the free but never enough to hurt. In his book on early jazz, Shining Trumpets, Rudi Blesh was big on polyphony well there's polyphony-a-plenty here although not perhaps what Blesh had in mind! If anything, much of it shows shades of Mingus.

Drewes excels on both alto and soprano, his command of the latter instrument comes across with an almost clarinet-like dexterity. On alto, for some unexplained reason, he uses a tenor mouthpiece which produces a fluffy, airy sound which may be the reason. Strange. 

Irabagon is a player whose name appears frequently in the American jazz mags and it's good to actually hear him and in such exciting circumstances.

Yao gets a full sound on trombone and knows his way around the slide when soloing. Pensive and reflective or hard-swinging as the occasion demands the same qualities are reflected in his compositions and arrangements.

Being sans piano or guitar the burden that falls on Brendler's shoulders isn't light but he doesn't falter and nor does drummer Ferber who has several moments in the spotlight.

The only non-Yao track is Irabagon's Tea For T, a joyful romp that has the horns playing a sort of fast fugue that doubles the already breakneck tempo when the coda sign is in sight. I don't know what Bach would have made of it but I suspect he'd have enjoyed it - I certainly did.
Lance.
Available Oct 18 see https://www.johnyao.com/

No comments :