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Buddy Rich: "You either swing a band or you don't swing a band - (Metronome April 1956).

Sinclair Traill: “Well I don't think he (Chet Baker) can sing either.” – (Jazz Journal August 1956).

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Whilst we appreciate the many emails, texts, messages and other communications we receive requesting album/gig reviews on BSH, regrettably, we are unable to reply to them all other than those we are able to answer with a positive response.
Similarly, CDs received by post will only be considered if accompanied by sufficient background material.
Finally, bear in mind that this is a jazz-based site when submitting your album.
Lance

Today Wednesday December 13

Afternoon

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

Brief Encounter - Vault, Hallgate, Hexham NE46 1XD. Tel: 01434 603884. 2:00pm. £7.50. advance. ‘’60’s Jazz’

Interim Recitals (Final Year Music Students) - Band Room, Music Studios, Assembly Lane, Newcastle University NE1 7RU. Inc. Harry Still (drums) 9:30am., Jimmy Jefford (saxophone) 11:15am. Free.

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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.

Darlington Big Band - Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Sports & Social Club, Longfield Road, Darlington DL3 0HX. Tel: 01325 380401. 8:00pm. Free.

Swing Street - Pier Red, 27 Castlegate, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1LF. Tel: 01289 309168. 8:00pm. Free.

Improvisers' Workshop Ensemble - Great North Museum: Hancock, Barras Bridge, Newcastle NE2 4PT. 6-8pm. Free.

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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

CD Review: The Classic Jazz Masters – Jazz Roots: The Sound of New Orleans

Bob Wade (trumpet & clarinet), Roy Borrows (clarinet, alto saxophone & vocals), Zbigniew ‘Speedy’ Kobak (trombone), Sasha Sonnbichler (banjo & guitar), Cecil Ferreira (string bass) & Steven Wade (drums)
(Review by Russell).
The Classic Jazz Masters formed in 1988 to play the music of ‘the classic jazz masters’. Founding members Bob Wade and David Mills took up tv news presenter Kathy Fitch’s suggestion of calling the band after the ‘classic jazz masters’ of the 1910s, 20s and 30s. Stan Jones, one-time pianist in Johnny Dankworth’s band, was in the original line-up, and the band went on to record several CDs with varying personnel. Jazz Roots: the Sound of New Orleans is comprised of fourteen tracks and most of them are more than familiar including All of Me, Muskrat Ramble and Wabash Blues.

Jazz Roots: the Sound of New Orleans features two surviving members of the original septet – Bob Wade and Roy Burrows. Down the years some members of the band left, retired or joined the great jazz club in the sky. The album’s notes do not give recording dates, but a guess at the release date would place it at about 2010 or shortly after. Numbers by the likes of Jelly Roll Morton, Kid Ory and Duke Ellington give an indication of the band’s roots, titles are familiar, and, importantly, the sextet plays with enthusiasm and expertise. Basin Street, Morton’s Billy Goat Stomp and three from Duke – Caravan, East St Louis Toodle-Oo, and Creole Love Call – present the Classic Jazz Masters as a cohesive unit with all concerned stepping up to the soloist’s plate. From the early 1920s to the mid-30s, a swing element lies just beneath the surface of the band’s affectionate take on Crescent City jazz.  

Christopher Columbus swings, as does Jimmy Rushing’s Sent for You Yesterday and Here You Come Today, the latter featuring the fine, relaxed trombone playing of Zbigniew ‘Speedy’ Kobak and the excellent guitar playing of Sasha Sonnbichler. Clarinetist Roy Burrows, recently in the north east of England on a busman’s holiday from his home in South Africa, features throughout with concise and fluent solos, and frontline partner, trumpeter Bob Wade, can be heard with his trademark plunger blasts frequently igniting proceedings.         
            
Fourteen tracks, with a total playing time approaching 69 minutes, Jazz Roots: The Sound of New Orleans is worth tracking down. Trumpeter Bob Wade is the man to speak to, and if you happen to be in the north east of England get along to one of Classic Swing’s three current residencies (see Bebop Spoken Here’s gig guide) and meet the band leader – Mr Bob Wade.
Russell                 

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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.
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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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