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Bebop Spoken There

Sonny Rollins: "I work very hard. I wear out suits playing." - (Downbeat May 29, 1969.)

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Bob Brookmeyer: "The group's philosophy? We're saving to buy new uniforms - the ties wore out." - (Crescendo March 1965).

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Today Tuesday March 28

Jonathan Silk's Fragment Quartet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £10/£8. JNE/Schmazz gig.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond ave., Newcastle NE2 3EX. 8:30pm. £5.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
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Northern Monkey Brass Band - The Fox, West End Tce., Hexham NE46 3DB. 9pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, February 02, 2017

CD Review: Loz Speyer's INNER SPACE - Life on the Edge

Loz Speyer (trumpet/flugel); Chris Biscoe (alto/alto clarinet); Rachel Musson (tenor/soprano); Olie Brice (bass); Gary Wilcox (drtums).
(Review by Lance).
I read the notes and, my first reaction was to send it off to one of our more outré reviewers, but, upon listening, I was hooked. Sure, they broke camp but didn't commit any musical atrocities - pet shop owners can sleep safely in their beds. Speyer's both introvert and extrovert according to the mood. At times, beautifully lyrical whilst, at others he can be fiercely aggressive. Both work. Briscoe has long been an unsung journeyman of modern jazz, by which I'm talking Parker to Ornette and all stations in-between. He can handle the gig whatever it is and I apologise for 'journeyman'. Listening to Snakes and Ladders, Master Craftsman is a more appropriate description.
Masson blows good tenor and the contrapuntal moments when the horns venture just over the edge make me think that if ODJB had arrived 100 years later they may have sounded like this.
Olie Brice has long been a lynchpin of the contemporary scene and he keeps it all together whilst Wilcox makes his presence felt throughout.
Speyer wrote all the pieces and, surely, is a must if voting in the Talent Deserving Wider Recognition (or whatever Down Beat calls it these days) Polls - trumpet, composer, arranger, group etc. 
Lance.
Available February 1, on Leo Records

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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