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Alicia Hall Moran: “I would go to hear Jason's band play and I'd say "Y'all hot!" But they came out wearing these casual, saggy outfits, putting music out with these not-attractive outfits like they were going on interviews for jobs they didn't want.” – (DownBeat May 2018).

Shabaka Hutchings: “You have to get the funding to come here [New York], and then there's getting the proper visa to play, which costs more than we get paid.” – (DownBeat May 2018).

Today Friday April 20

Afternoon

Emma Fisk & James Birkett - Gala Theatre, Durham, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. Tel: 03000 266 600. 1:00pm. £5.00. SOLD OUT!

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Alice Grace Trio - Ushaw College, Durham DH7 9RH. Tel: 0191 373 8500. 7:30pm. 7.00.

Ubunye - Frosterley Village Hall, Front Street, Frosterley DL13 2QW. Tel: 01388 526632. 7:30pm. £10.00. (£8.00. concs., ££5.00. child, £25.00. family).

Memphis Cruisers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.

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

Thursday, May 09, 2013

CD Review: Gene Ess - Fractal Attraction.

Gene Ess (gtr); Thana Alexa (voice); David Berkman (pno); Thomas Kneeland (bs); Gene Jackson (dms).
(Review by Lance)
The blurb sums it up exactly - Eight original compositions which are forward thinking but  simultaneously respecting the best of the past from the rich jazz music history. I'll raise a glass to that.
The guitar/voice front line is used very effectively. Japanese American guitarist Ess has a pedigree that includes a stint with the Rashied Ali Quintet and sessions with Ravi Coltrane, Archie Shepp and many others.
Despite that contemporary company, former child prodigy Ess' playing here is relatively straightforward.  Grant Green is cited as an inspiration and certainly many of the guitar solos have a Blue Note feel about them.
Thana Alexa uses her voice instrumentally and brings Norma Winstone to mind. The pitching is accurate and the timbre of the voice appealing. In Tanabata - subtitled Forlorn Lovers - voice and bowed bass combine to create a doom laden mood of lost love. The accompaniment is in 18 and 5 coming together every 90 pulses. Much like the forlorn lovers from the ancient Tanabata tale. Alexa's own composition (the other seven are all by Ess) - Fractica - turns her loose on some frenetic improvisations spurred on by Jackson's drums and brought down to earth by Ess' solo logic.
Berkman  is impressive throughout and Kneeland's intro in 9 on the first track, Silver's Fate sets it up for the entry of the horns (yes guitar and voice here are as much horns as trumpet and sax anywhere else!) and is consistent throughout.
Gene Ess - Fractal Attraction. was released on May 8, 2013 by Simp Records.
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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