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Adam O'Farrill: "Right now in my life, I don't see music as the be-all and end-all." - (DownBeat November 2020).

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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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12,176 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 12 years ago. 1315 of them this year alone and, so far, 18 this month (Dec. 5).

Remembering ...

Roland Kirk died on Dec. 5, 1977.

Saturday, November 14, 2020

Jimmy Giuffre Playback @ Kansas Smitty's - Nov. 14

Giacomo Smith (clarinet); Kit Downes (piano); Will Sach (bass). (Photo courtesy of Ken Drew)

Anyone expecting a rerun of Jimmy Giuffre's famous Train and the River album were in for a shock - at least until the end! Prior to that number the emphasis had been on his later work with Paul Bley and Steve Swallow which was much more contemporary albeit no less intriguing particularly as much of the writing was by Bley's then wife, Carla Bley.

Thesis and Fusion provided most of the material and, at times, it challenged Archipelago without going quite that far out! 

Before the final Train and the River there was also a take on what I think was Gordon Jenkins' Goodbye.

Amazing how versatile these three guys are! They are so typical of today's musicians. They obviously have their preferred genres but can adapt to most things in or out of their particular box. For example, getting back to Archipelego, John Pope is at home on either electric or double bass and Faye can hold her own at a jam.

There's too much going on! Listened to a knockout session by Jay Phelps, 7:41 minutes of Jazz Plus Ensemble, and now Bill Lawrence is playing the most beautiful piano and Daphne is crying for her supper and cats gets preference over puppies - even Snarky Puppies! I guess I need either more people or less cats to cover extravaganzas such as this!*

Tomorrow, I return to Newcastle on gossamer wings for the Dean Stockdale Trio at The Globe.

Lance

* Don't worry Daphne, you're safe!

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