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Holly Cooper, Mouthpiece Music: "Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"

Simon Spillett: A lovely review from the dean of jazz bloggers, Lance Liddle...

Josh Weir: I love the writing on bebop spoken here... I think the work you are doing is amazing.

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16221 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 103 of them this year alone and, so far, 47 this month (Feb. 18).

From This Moment On ...

February 2024

Wed 21: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 21: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 21: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 22: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 22: Student Performances @ King’s Hall, Newcastle University. 4:00pm. Free. Inc. Remi Coulthard-Boardman (voice).
Thu 22: Crooners @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm. £30.00., £27.00., £24.00., £18.00.
Thu 22: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar,
Newcastle. 8:00pm. Ragtime piano. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 22: Soznak @ The Schooner, South Shore Road, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Thu 22: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests Kevin Eland (trumpet); Josh Bentham (sax); Garry Hadfield (keys); Ron Smith (bass).
Thu 22: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Carlisle Jazz Club (Carlisle Rugby Club), Warwick Road, Carlisle CA1 1LW. 8.30pm. £10.

Fri 23: Mark Williams Trio @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm. £8.00.
Fri 23: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 23: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 23: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 23: Salty Dog Trio @ The Greenhouse, Tynemouth. 7:00pm. £8.00. (£6.00. adv.). CANCELLED!
Fri 23: Crooners @ The Maltings, Berwick upon Tweed. 7:30pm. £30.00., £28.00.
Fri 23: Strictly Smokin' Big Band w Dennis Rollins @ Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Sat 24: NUJO Jazz Jam @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm (doors). Free (donations). A Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra event, all welcome.
Sat 24: Bradley Creswick’s Western Swingfonia @ Hexham Abbey, Hexham. 7:30pm. £15.00. A fundraiser for Hexham Abbey.
Sat 24: Papa G’s Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 25: Musicians Unlimited @ The Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 25: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:30pm. Free.
Sun 25: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 25: Lindsay Hannon: Tom Waits for No Man + Lee Maddison @ Laurels, Whitley Bay. 4:00pm (3:30pm doors). £11.00., £8.80. inc. bf. SOLD OUT!
Sun 25: Bex Burch + Rachel Musson @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £11.00. Two solo performances. JNE.
Sun 25: Jazz Jam @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Mon 26: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 27: Ruth Lambert Quartet @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 8:00pm (7:00pm doors). £12.00., £10.00. (adv.).

Monday, March 15, 2021

Lockdown @ Ronnie's. Xhosa Cole presents Larry Young's Unity - March 15

Xhosa Cole (tenor sax); Byron Wallen (trumpet); Noah Stoneman (organ); Jeff Williams (drums).

(Screenshots by Ken Drew).

A look back at a classic Blue Note album from 1965. Larry Young's Unity, beautifully recreated by Xhosa Cole and his fellow travellers. To say that I actually enjoyed this more than the original is by no means intended to be disrespectful to Woody Shaw, Joe Henderson, Elvin Jones and Larry Young. How could I be disrespectful to four of the all-time greats of modern jazz?!

However, as someone once said - it may have been Shaw (George Bernard not Woody) - "Of course you're better than me - you were born after me". Which is something that must surely apply to all cover gigs. We've got the ingredients let's go to work.

And work on it they did. Byron has long been a trumpet player to be reckoned with whilst Xhosa and Noah seem to have been parachuted in fully formed from outer space! Jeff Williams - one of the heroes of the previous post - is himself approaching legendary status both in London and his native USA.

Zoltan set the stall out and, after Jeff's almost military-like drum intro Xhosa and Byron took off on the Lydian mode (I've done my homework) theme. This was good!

Monk's Dream is one of my favourites and, despite a missed cue going into the final head, tonight's guys did nothing to change that. Always good to know that even the Gods are human. If, Joe Henderson's only contribution to the original album, found willing recipients of his bounty tonight and it was a blast.

Xhosa took his role as frontman to step aside from Unity and feature himself on Wayne Shorter's Penelope, a rather lovely ballad. Nothing balladic about The Moontrane - a journey into space! Softly as in a Morning Sunrise is increasingly popular with today's young guns. Was this the album that sparked it off? One of the older guns - Jeff Williams didn't treat it softly but knocked seven shades out of it - Sigmund Romberg, a good six foot under, is still turning. 

Beyond All Limits was the last track from the album but the final track of the set was another Monk tune - Played Twice. More kick-ass drumming from Jeff and a fantastic solo from Xhosa. How has he reached this level so relatively quickly? A man for the world stage. And, let's not forget Noah Stoneman who was Mr Unity himself!

Great set.

Lance

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