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

'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

13,698 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1115 of them this year alone and, so far, 59 this month (Sept. 17).

From This Moment On ...

September

Fri 17: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 17: Rendezvous Jazz @ Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 17: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 17: Abbie Finn's Finntet @ Traveller's Rest, Cockerton, Darlington. 8:00pm.

Sat 18: Baghdaddies @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sat 18: David Gray Trio @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 19: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 19: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Westbourne Road, Hartlepool TS25 5RB. 1:00pm. South Durham Social Club aka Steelworks or Steelies. New venue for Teesside's premier big band.
Sun 19: Hand to Mouth: Lindsay Hannon & Bradley Johnston @ St James' & St Basil's Church, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 19: Green Tangerines + Knats @ Punch Bowl Hotel, Newcastle. 3:30pm.
Sun 19: Alice Grace Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 20: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 22: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 22: Darlington Big Band @ Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public)
Wed 22: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Celebrating TITTB's 20th anniversary & Dave Weisser's forthcoming birthday! Limited gig tickets (£1.00.). Free live stream. www.jazz.coop.

Thu 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 23: Jeremy McMurray & the Jazz Pocket Orchestra @ Middlesbrough Town Hall 8:00pm. .
Thu 23: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Sunniside, Gateshead. 8:30pm. .

Fri 24: Sue Ferris Quintet @ Gala Theatre, Durham. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: Rendezvous Jazz @ Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: FILM: Jazz on a Summer's Day + Swing Bridge Trio (in the bar) @ Forum Cinema, Hexham. 7:00pm.

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Album review: Raphaël Pannier Quartet - Faune


Raphaël Pannier (drums/arr/comp); Miguel Zenón (alto sax); Aaron Goldberg (piano); Francois Moutin (bass) + Giorgi Mikadize (classical piano tks. 4 & 8).

Paris-born, Berklee graduate Pannier, now based in NYC, combines with alto saxist Zenón to produce that rarely successful hybrid - the marriage of jazz and classical music. Most dalliances of this nature fail because the opposing factions don't usually like what the other side brings to the table.

I'd like to think this compelling albums proves to be the exception, it certainly works for me. 

The classical element is, not surprisingly, most obvious in the two tracks with renowned concert pianist Mikadize on piano - Messiaen's Le Baiser de l'Enfant Jesus and Ravel's Forlane - proof, if proof were needed, that, like Lady Macbeth (according to Ellington), Ravel did have "a little ragtime in his soul". 

However, jazzman Goldberg can also perform outside of the box and he too proves his versatility.

Zenón, as well as taking on the role of MD, wails with passion and punch. On Ornette's Lonely Woman he creates a scenario that befits the title of the tune. On Midtown Blues, one of seven Pannier originals, he hits it out of the park.


Moutin provides support both harmonically and melodically as well as stepping into the unknown on the freer sections. Pannier is simply très magnifique his studies with Terri Lyne Carrington at Berklee giving him the foundation to be the powerful and yet sensitive drummer he is today.

A perfect album you might think - well er no. Music 5/5, cover design 0/5!

Lance

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1 comment :

Lance said...

Ann Braithwaite of Braithwaite & Katz Communications has contacted me to explain that the sub-standard album cover was sent out to the press in advance of the actual official release.

We apologise but can only comment on what we see.

Happy 21st birthday Ann from a couple of days back. As I say, we only comment on what we see...

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