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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).

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Today Friday May 26

Afternoon
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Paul Wilkinson - St. Nicholas Cathedral, St. Nicholas Square, Newcastle NE1 1PF. 1:05pm. Retiring collection.
Mark Williams/Joel Byrne McCullough - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Ruth Lambert Quartet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm, £7 (£6 in advance.)
Hand to Mouth (Lindsay Hannon/Bradley Johnston) - High Friars Lane (Tyneside Cinema), Free, al fresco, 8pm. food and drink available.
?????????? - Billy Bootleggers - 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8pm. Free.
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Imelda May - Sage Gateshead. 7pm. £38.20/£27.30 VIP Option £104.
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Strictly Smokin' Big Band - Ushaw College, nr. Durham. 7:30pm. £7.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.
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Tuesday, August 06, 2013

CD Review: James Zoller - It's All Good People

James Zoller (tpt/flg) + The Modoc Horns - Kevin Bryan (tpt); Dion Tucker (tmb); Jerry Waldon (ten).
Special guests - Sheryl Rene (vcl); Cleave Guyton (fl); Erika Matsuo (vcl); Gregoire Maret (hca); Chuck McPherson (spoken word); 
Rick Germanson (keys); Freddie Bryant (gtr); Ron Richardson or Leo Traversa (bs); Bruce Cox (dms); Roland Guerrero (perc); Nabuka Kiryu (vcl).
(Review by Lance).
Kansas City born Zoller has acquired an impressive cv since moving to New York in 1984. This includes spells with the current incarnations of the Basie and Ellington bands and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra to mention but three.
His tone is full and round bringing Chris Botti to mind although he can be a more explosive player than Botti.
The album notes proclaim that this disc reveals a new, previously unexpected funk and Brazilian side to his.musicality. It's lyrical and at times adventurous but somehow it's a little on the smooth side for me. Rather like the music played in a sixties upmarket disco - not that I've ever been in any upmarket discos - but if I had I could imagine the music sounding a little like this. Apart from the final 56 seconds that is. For Cootie and Clark has him growling and screaming like a true Ellingtonian - if only we'd had a little more of that.
Apart from Zoller, Tucker, Waldon, Guyton and Bryant also impress and the vocals scattered around do okay - but funk? I prefer my funk a little earthier, more soulful.
Nevertheless, the musicianship is faultless - ne'er a bum played - and maybe that's the rub...
James Zoller: It's All Good People is released on JZAZ Records on August 13.
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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