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'606' Club: "A toast to Lance Liddle of the terrific jazz blog 'Bebop Spoken Here'"

The Strictly Smokin' Big Band included Be Bop Spoken Here (sic) in their 5 Favourite Jazz Blogs.
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Postage

14378 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 597 of them this year alone and, so far, 2 this month (July 2).

From This Moment On ...

July

Mon 04: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 06: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 06: Michael Bublé @ Durham County Cricket Club, Chester le Street. Doors: 5:00pm.
Wed 06: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 06: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 06: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 07: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 07: Lara Jones + Echo Juliet @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 07: Thursday Night Prayer Meeting @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free admission (donations).
Thu 07: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 07: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 08: Alex Clarke Quartet @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm. £7.00.
Fri 08: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 08: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 08: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.

Sat 09: Jazz Stage @ Mouth of the Tyne Festival: Zoë Gilby Duo (12 noon); Vieux Carré Jazzmen (1:35pm); Harmony Brass (3:10pm); Ruth Lambert Quartet (4:40pm). Outdoor stage adjacent to Tynemouth Priory.

Sun 10: Tusk X Yeah You @ Live Theatre, Newcastle. 12 noon. £10.00. All day event, line-up inc. Pat Thomas.
Sun 10: Jazz Stage @ Mouth of the Tyne Festival: Rendezvous Jazz (12 noon); River City Jazzmen (1:35pm); House of the Black Gardenia (3:10pm); Classic Swing (4:40pm). Outdoor stage adjacent to Tynemouth Priory.
Sun 10 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 10: Tees Valley Jazzmen @ Hammer & Pincers, Preston le Skerne. 1:00pm.
Sun 10: Shunyata Improvisation Group @ Saltwell Park, Gateshead NE9 5AX. 1:00pm.
Sun 10: Am Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 10: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 10: Anth Purdy @ Blues & Bourbon, Newcastle. 4:00pm.
Sun 10: Jazzframe @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Saturday, May 16, 2020

CD Review: Kurt Rosenwinkel - Angels Around


Kurt Rosenwinkel (guitar); Dario Deidda (bass guitar); Gregory Hutchinson (drums).

The last album of standards by a Kurt Rosenwinkel trio was Relections in 2009. It featured an A-list bass and drums team of Eric Revis and Eric Harland. Angels Around is on his own record label Heartcore Records and features another fantastic band which features bass guitarist Dario Deidda and Gregory Hutchinson on drums.

The album opens with the Thelonious Monk composition Ugly Beauty which grooves with a double time feel from the rhythm section. It’s immediately apparent why Kurt is the most important jazz guitarist of his generation, demonstrating his flawless technique, an endless flow of ideas and a singularly unique sound.

Track two ups the pace with a lesser known blues by legendary bass player Paul Chambers (Miles Davis, John Coltrane) called Ease it, which illustrates how the band can really swing. This is the real deal, ‘Hutch’ and Deidda in support of Kurt wherever he takes it. Kurt’s ferocious solo is followed by a bass solo with Deidda showing what a great changes player he is. At the climax, Kurt trades choruses with Hutch before they head out.

The next track, a well-known Charles Mingus ballad Self Portrait in Three Colors, features more great bass playing from Deidda, with support from Kurt’s always appropriate and sometimes ambient comping. The track builds wonderfully during Kurt’s solo.

Simple #2 is the first of two originals on the album, this one by Kurt, and illustrates his rock influence and shows what a great writer he is, as well as being an astonishing guitarist. The rock influence is emphatic in his composition, sound and playing style on this cut.

Next up is Punjab, a Joe Henderson composition from the album In 'n Out. Another chance to hear some great ensemble playing topped off with Hutch on top form during trades.

The penultimate track is the trio’s take on the Bill Evans classic Time Remembered and this is followed by the title track, written by Deidda. It reminds me of Hope from the Mahavishnu Orchestra album Birds of Fire, which may be deliberate as this was around the time McLaughlin and Devadip Carlos Santana were under the influence of a guru who claimed the constant presence of angels.

The digital album ends with Passarim by Antonio Carlos Jobim as an additional track, featuring more impossibly fast runs from Kurt, but without ever feeling like he’s simply showing off.

The accompanying notes sum the album up nicely: “Angels Around traverses new musical frontiers in the standard jazz idiom. While Rosenwinkel, Hutchinson and Deidda embody and emote the rich traditions of jazz at its purest form, make no mistake, the music is thoroughly contemporary, focused, and for the here and now.”

It’s a given that it should be of interest to any guitarists or guitar enthusiasts, including his use of delay, overdrive and reverb, but it should also appeal to anyone interested in current and future developments in jazz.

It’s available now on digital platforms with a CD and vinyl’s date of June 12. 
Steve T

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