Bebop Spoken There
Miles Kington: "If the intake of alcohol fails to improve a jazz player's performance, why do jazz listeners think it improves their appreciation?" - (Jazz Express October 1982).
Barbara Jay: "My first gig was at the Astoria, Charing Cross Rd. It seemed like a den of iniquity to me. All the Soho girls were there and the gigolos with their old women paying them to dance..." - (Jazz UK May 2008.)
Today Monday February 27
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Monday, September 29, 2014
Sunday, September 28, 2014
Saturday, September 27, 2014
(Review by Lance/photo courtesy of Mike Tilley).
Friday, September 26, 2014
(Review by Lance/photo by Jerry Edis.)
There have been several ground-breaking bands in the north-east during my lifetime. The innovative (in its day) Dixieland of the Panama Jazzmen and the hard bop of the Emcee Five - until last night the yardstick by which bands north, south, east and west of Sage Gateshead, have been judged.
Last night's CD launch by the Edis Sextet placed them firmly on that exclusive plateau. This was music played by a band and composed by a leader that bore comparision with anything recorded in London, LA or New York over the past 50 years - maybe longer.
Originals that are original and solos that display technique and creativity without resorting to banshee-like howls made this a most enjoyable evening.
Russell gave a rave review to the CD which, rather than duplicating with my own misspelt rhetoric, I can do no worse than to refer you to that review via the link below.
Ken Drew photo.
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Jazz is already something of a pauper on the BBC - compared to classical and pop music at least and I think there is a real danger of the music being further marginalised.
With cuts meaning less hours and less budget for recordings and reporting. We can't afford for this to happen.
(Review by Lance.)
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
PS: We've got one or two ace snappers on our team too!
Monday, September 22, 2014
Come and get your cake and eat it and in doing so help a good cause.
Sunday, September 21, 2014
(Review by Lance)/photo courtesy of Ken Drew)
There should be a warning on the music stands of the Strictly Smokin' Big Band - like there are on a packet of Silk Cut - Smoking can damage your health. Take it from me that, listening to this band, the danger level is even higher! Lower your blood pressure? - no sir it will send it rocketing through the ceiling! So be warned!
However, if your constitution can cope, go for it. And if it can't? Then what a way to go!
The process I go through to write or compose a new melody is this-I get up about 7:00 and don't wash or shave or anything, but put on a bathrobe or dressing gown and take a couple of biscuits, a tea, and sit at the piano which is an old slightly out of tune upright. Then I play through some 4-part Bach Chorales. After that I try, with my limited technique to play through some Bach 2 or 3 part Inventions or maybe Preludes. Then I fumble through some more modern music such as Ravel, Debussy, Hindemith, Bartok or maybe the English Peter Warlock.
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Alan Barnes (alt/bar/clt); Paul Edis (pno); Paul Susans (bs); Rob Walker (dms).
(Review by Lance/left photo courtesy of Ken Drew/right photo courtesy of Mike Tilley).
Friday, September 19, 2014
Manfred Eicher /
Thursday, September 18, 2014
PS: Now someone is saying on F/b that it's a hoax!
The Adult Programme provides a range of vocal and instrumental classes, whether you’re starting from scratch or reigniting your passion for singing or playing.
(Review by Lance.)
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Monday, September 15, 2014
The Jazz Repertory Company presents A Tribute to Jazz At The Philharmonic. Cadogan Hall, London. Sept. 14
Sunday, September 14, 2014
When my review copy of Blue-Eyed Hawk's Under the Moon dropped through the letter box I took one look and promptly despatched it off to one of our other reviewers deciding that this wasn't for me.
I was wrong!
Boy was I wrong!
Saturday, September 13, 2014
PS: Photo from F/b)
I always get a buzz when I make my now infrequent visits to the capital and none more so than at last night's Festival at Kings Place just a short stagger from Kings X Station. Not that it was plain sailing. The concert started late - par for the course with jazz gigs remarked the lady standing in front of me - and the drummer didn't make it so the trio became a solo and then a duo. But what a duo!
McCormack is very much one of the newer breed of pianists and none the worse for that. There are many classical elements in his playing and these were all the more apparent given the lack of a drummer. One composition I thought had elements of the Hungarian composer Dohnani about it although McCormack said he'd been listening to a lot of Gustav Mahler so what do I know?!
Whoever, whatever, it was a brilliant performance that fully lived up to my expectations after hearing and reviewing his latest CD First Light earlier this year.
On bass Sam Lasserson was a tower of strength providing the solid foundation as well as soloing and complementing McCormack.
An excellent session.
Friday, September 12, 2014
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
The Jazz Repertory Company Presents…….. Jazz At The Philharmonic: A 70th Anniversary Celebration Sunday 14th September 2014. 3.30pm Cadogan Hall 5 Sloane Terrace London, SW1X 9DQ
Tuesday, September 09, 2014
PS: Thanks to Peter Bevan for bringing this sad news to my attention.
Monday, September 08, 2014
Sunday, September 07, 2014
Saturday, September 06, 2014
(Review by Lance.)
Friday, September 05, 2014
It’s always a pleasure to hear new material from the three great musicians on this recording, should you ever have the opportunity to catch them live then I recommend that you do so
Thursday, September 04, 2014
Free to a good home.
The article on the left by the late Chris Yates is from the December 1979 issue.
Contact Ashington Jazz Club for more details.
(Obeisance by Lance).
Wednesday, September 03, 2014
Peter Gilligan (pno); Paul Grainger (bs); Paul Wight (dms) + Paul Gowland (alt); Johnny Davis (ten); Bradley Johnston (gtr); Jen Errington (vcl); Ian Forbes (dms); Ray Truscott (bs gtr); Oliver ? (dms); ? (bass).
Tuesday, September 02, 2014
(Review by Lance).
Monday, September 01, 2014
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Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)