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Bebop Spoken There

Ahmad Jamal: "[On commercial success] If Leopold Stokowski couldn't have afforded a baton, I don't think he would have enjoyed his career as much" - Crescendo, February 1982.

Avishai Cohen: “For me, Billie Holiday is the ultimate example of singing nothing but the truth.” – (Jazz Times October 2014).

Bebop Spoken There Archives.

Today Friday October 31.

Afternoon.
RENDEZVOUS JAZZ - Black Horse, Monkseaton. 1pm. Free.
Classic jazz.
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Evening.
PHILIP CLOUTS QUARTET - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £5 (£3 before 8.30pm.)
Nice trumpet playing, good band.
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NIGEL PRICE ORGAN TRIO - Ushaw College, Durham DH7 9RH. 7.30pm. 0191 3738501.
Price (gtr); Pete Whittaker (B3); Matt Home (dms).
Sticks to the Sticks. It may be out of town but well worth setting the Satnav.
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LADIES OF MIDNIGHT BLUE - Live Theatre, Quayside, Newcastle. 8pm. £5.
You've heard the girls? Then come on down and shake your butt with 'em!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

CD Review: Joe Lovano UsFive - Cross Culture.

Joe Lovano (tenor, G mezzo Sop., tarogato, aulochrome + various ethnic instruments); Lionel Louke (gtr); James Weidman (pno); Esperanza Spalding/Peter Slavov (bs); Otis Brown III, Francisco Mela (dms).
(Review by Lance.)
This Blue Note release is a living endorsement of the labels motto The finest in jazz since 1939. This has all the elements of those classic '50s sessions by Mobley, Blakey, Turrentine, Byrd and co. albeit in a more contemporary vein.
Ten originals by Lovano and a sumptuous reading of Strayhorn's Star Crossed Lovers (Romeo and Juliet) - Such Sweet Thunder indeed. 
As well as tenor, Lovano plays G mezzo soprano which I take to be a minor 3rd below the normal Bb sop? Correct me if I'm wrong. It seems to have a mellower sound than the the normal sop., tarogato and aulochrome. This latter instrument is fascinating. It comprises two sopranos joined together with two mouthpieces but a single fingering system which operates both sets of keys - imagine if Roland Kirk had got hold of one of these!
However, it is on Royal Roost, where Joe Lovano blows contemporary bop tenor, that he delivers the killer blow.
It could be said that Lovano, Redman and Rollins are the last of the tenor titans. For me, Lovano's wonderful dry sound edges it.
Not that this is just about the saxman - how could it be with Lionel Loueke on guitar? The West African slots in nicely as part front-line/part rhythm section and super soloist.
Weidman on piano is excellent and the two drummers play as one. Because the liner notes are indecipherable (dull yellow on black) to any one whose vision is less than 20:20, I'm unable to say which bassist plays on which tracks although I did manage to pick up that Spalding plays on four and with Slavov on one.
That apart, a terrific CD that is currently my front runner.
Joe Lovano UsFive - Cross Culture is released by Blue Note on February 25.
Lance.

1 comment :

  1. Spalding - tracks 1,5,8,10
    Slavov - tracks 2,3,4,8,9,11

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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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