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Bebop Spoken There

Alan Luff: “The general view is that Ella’s songbook recordings are the supreme exemplars of sophistication, fine diction and creative voice in the wide field of popular music.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

Steve Voce: “Most of us have been crashed into by cretins who walk along the road absorbed in the screens of their mobile phones.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

Today Monday May 22

Afternoon.
Jazz in the Afternoon - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

January had it's moments...

Staying with the Scottish theme, my two favourite CDs, of the ones that I've listened to in January, both involve Tommy Smith who is to Scottish jazz what Nicola Sturgeon is to Scottish politics (interpret that as you will).
The discs are Effervescence by the Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra and Beauty and the Beast by the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra with saxist Bill Evans as featured soloist.
Hadrian's Wall didn't stop Edinburgh saxman Nick Gould making it down to the Jazz Café Jam session. With a tenor sax rather than a claymore and a porkpie hat rather than a tam o'shanter (poetic licence - he didn't wear either)  he helped to make the first jam of the year a good one. The other outstanding gig, for me, was the Alan Glen Trio at the Globe. As always, his playing was a sheer delight. 
These, of course, are just my views. I'm sure my other reviewers and our readers will have their own opinions and we look forward to hearing them albeit without holding our breath!
Lance.

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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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