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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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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.

Postage

16246 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 128 of them this year alone and, so far, 72 this month (Feb. 29).

From This Moment On ...

March

Mon 04: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 05: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Joe Steels, Paul Grainger, Abbie Finn.

Wed 06: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 06: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 06: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 07: Ray Stubbs R & B All Stars @ The Schooner, South Shore Road, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Thu 07: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Ragtime piano.
Thu 07: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. Guests: Mark Toomey (alto sax); Donna Hewitt (tenor sax); Garry Hadfield (keys); Ron Smith (bass); Mark Hawkins (drums). 8:30pm.

Fri 08: Noel Dennis Quartet @ The Old Library, Auckland Castle. 1:00pm. £8.00. Noel Dennis (trumpet, flugelhorn); Rick Laughlin (keyboards); Mick Shoulder (double bass); Tim Johnston (drums).
Fri 08: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 08: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free. CANCELLED! Back on March 15.
Fri 08: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Sat 09: Alex Fawcett Band + Lindsay Hannon Blues Trio @ Sedgefield Parish Hall. 7:00pm. £15.00. A Sedgefield Rock & Blues Club event. Tickets: www.sedgefieldblues.com.
Sat 09: Shunyata Improvisation Group @ Cullercoats Watch House. 8:00pm. Donations. A Watch House renovation fundraising concert.
Sat 09: Ray Stubb’s R&B All Stars @ The Peacock, Sunderland. 6:00pm. Free. Gig in the downstairs bar.

Sun 10: Am Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:30pm. Free.
Sun 10: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 10: Salty Dog @ The Lounge, Blyth. 4:00pm. Free.
Sun 10: Vintage Explosion @ Wylam Brewery, Newcastle.
Sun 10: Fraser Fifield: Secret Path Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 10: Jazz Jam @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Mon 11: Matthew Forster Quartet @ Yamaha Music School, Seaforth St., Blyth NE24 1AY. 1:00 - 1:45pm. £8.00. + bf.
Mon 11: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 12: Lewis Watson Quartet @ Newcastle House Hotel, Rothbury. 7:30pm.

Friday, October 20, 2023

Album Review: Paul Taylor - Interludes

Paul Taylor (keyboards and bass pedals)

Some of you may have heard some of this music if you went to any of the gigs in this year’s Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music. You may also have heard part of it ringing out if you found yourself near Newcastle Civic Centre on recent early Friday afternoons. It was commissioned by Festival leading man, Wesley Stephenson, to be played as interval music before and in between performances and, arranged for the Edith Adamson Carillon at the Civic Centre, to be played across the City. The Carillon, at 22 tonnes, is probably the heaviest instrument to be included on a jazz album anywhere, ever.

I managed to catch the last performance by the Carillon after the Alcyona Mick concert at the L&P and I recognised a few of her audience who, along with Ms Mick herself, had wandered up to the central space of the Civic Centre. One guy sat cross-legged on one of the stepping stones across the moat and attempted to attain a Zen like intimacy with the music until the constant Northern drizzle drove him under cover.

The album itself is difficult to classify and we humans like an easy label. It’s a single piece of just under an hour but is it jazz? (Yes, in bits). Is it third stream? (Again, parts are). Is it ambient music? (If there’s such a thing as intrusive ambient).  Is it prog? (Again, in part). Soundscapes could be the word but that covers such a wide range of possibilities, and Taylor has previous on soundscapes on his Avalon of the Heart album. It could be dinner music if it weren’t so demanding of attention in places BUT, of course, it was commissioned to not be that intrusive.  

Interludes opens with the piece for the Carillon, enhanced by effects. It’s a ghostly, spectral, echoing piece that fades into very delicate ambient swirls that reminded me of the early part of Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays’ As Falls Wichita….before the dramatic release that occurs part way through that track.  The music ebbs and flows, much is light and ethereal but there are passages that include lower notes that anchor it in place for a moment. Some listeners may be relieved to hear something familiar in a brief brisk piano section part way through and a later section features some angular piano that nudges Interludes back towards jazz, but most of it is more electronic ambient. (Later a plucked, electronically treated guitar also makes a brief appearance).

There is a lovely passage about 40 minutes in where it sounds like Taylor’s piano is playing among the bells of the Carillon and lighter notes, possibly from tubular bells (are we mentioning Tubular Bells?), all mingle together in a spectrum of percussive sounds.

It’s a fascinating, engrossing album and it’s hard to do it full justice in such a clumsy medium like the written word. You have to fall into it and become immersed. File it next to Floating Points and Pharoah Sanders' Promises

Interludes is now available on CD  (New Jazz and Improvised Music Recordings) or to Download HERE on Bandcamp.  (The Download splits the music into two tracks whilst the CD is a single piece of music). Dave Sayer

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