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Dave Gelly: “From 1 January 1920, when prohibition was imposed in the US, people didn’t stop drinking, they just stopped drinking legally.” – (Jazz Journal October 2017).

Regina Carter: “When I was a teenager, I would daydream about going out on a date and dancing to Ella’s music.” (Down Beat October 2017).

Today Wednesday November 22

Afternoon
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.

Evening
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.

Billy's Acoustic Blues - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free (weekly).

The Village Hall New Orleans Band - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.

BBC Big Band - Middlesbrough Theatre, The Avenue, Middlesbrough TS5 6SA. 01642 815181. 7:30pm. £24.50.

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Tuesday, November 07, 2017

CD Review: Alex Weitz - Luma

Alex Weitz (tenor); Tal Cohen (piano); Ben Tiberio (bass); Michael Piolet (drums).
(Review by Lance).
I'm not going to claim that this is the Album of the Year - how could I when there are so many?
Nevertheless, it will certainly be a lot nearer than the top than the bottom.
It's an honest album, by which I mean it doesn't hide behind any bizarre electronics and, to my ears, non-musical effects. Instead, we have hard swinging post-bop tenor contrasting with Debussy/Delius-like musical reveries that may hark back to Weitz's early days with the Tucson Jazz Institute Ellington Band where he versed himself in the music of Duke and Basie.

Fast forward to today and, although that foundation is built-in he's also built upon it. The great tenor players such as Griffin, Mobley, Getz, Jimmy Heath, Joe Henderson, Coltrane, and others have also left their mark from which Weitz has emerged as his own man. Not just a driving force but also a tender balladeer and composer. No pet shop fires here just a man laying his cards on the table and showing a full house.
Weitz may have composed and arranged all 9 tracks but he's not the only one to catch the ear. Pianist Cohen is as sympathetic a pianist as Weitz could wish for and, when he's let loose, he goes for broke. Tiberio holds it all together as a good bassist should whilst Piolet knows just when to put the boot in which is quite often.
Weitz received DownBeat's Outstanding Undergraduate Soloist award in 2013, as well as recognition from ASCAP as an outstanding young jazz composer. Methinks that in the future there will be more awards from DownBeat.
If not, I'll cancel my subscription and buy the NME.
Lance.

1 comment :

Christoph Büch said...

Hi Lance, quite a convincing review. I`m also a fan of the pure stuff. So, I probably gonna get me "Luna". Thank`s for the tip.
By the way, do you know Dudley Owens Aaron Wright Band "People Calling" (Origin 2012).
Should meet your taste, wonderful sax-blowing and a very warm acoustic sound. Sounds even a bit (of course only a bit ..) like "A Love Supreme". Give it a try!
Greetings from Berlin
Christoph

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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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