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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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Sunday, August 11, 2013

CD Review: Larry Corban - The Circle Starts Here.

Larry Corban (gtr); Harvie S (bs); Steve Williams (dms).
(Review by Lance)
I've got CDs waiting to be reviewed piled up to the ceiling (it's a low ceiling) and about 75% seem to feature guitarists which prompts me to say that if any fingerpickin' fretters fancy their chances as a reviewer please get in touch. You get to keep the CD.
However, you won't get to keep this one - it's quite a delightful disc.
Corban has worked with many big hitters including Robert Glasper, Big John Patton, Wayne Krantz and Roy Hargrove to mention but a few. This is his debut trio recording as a leader and it's an impressive start. This is no "Jazz Metal" thrash but a selection of meaningful originals by Corban plus one standard. The comments below are mainly his.
Sideswiped: Dedicated to Cannonball and Lee Morgan.. Boppy and swingy and harmonically sound.
Bossa Barb: I quote. "relates to those gorgeous women you dream about." (I played this track twice and it worked!)
Enjoy the Ride: Goes off at tempo de lick and rubber stamps  the guitarists technique.
Seventh Dimension: In 7/8 time. It was originally in 3/4 then it was called Third Dimension. Steel strung acoustic does the business on this one.
The Second She Leaves: "I'm gonna sit down and write a book...next time". Listen to Harvie S' bowed bass.
On The Sly: Is another 7/8 workout that was morphed from a 4/4 version called On The Fly.
Blink of an Eye: In 5/4, a description of a short-lived relationship. (If you say so Larry! Personally I think it's a terrific track irrespective of the background.)
3 Hours Late: A ballad that was written whilst waiting for a lady - at least I got a tune out of it he says. (I'd want more than a tune!)
Roll The Dice:  Refers to online dating - "You never know what you'll get."
Story Inside My Head: Countdown changes in 5/4 with a new melody.
Dream Wheel: Written overlooking a ski slope in Steamboat Springs, Co.
Wolf's Den: named after a friends club in the above resort
Hmmm: Unaccompanied fingerstyle ballad.
East of the Sun: Listen to Williams' brushwork..
Maybe I cheated on this one by quoting mainly from the booklet but I couldn't top them!
One for guitar buffs and music lovers.
 Larry Corban - The Circle Starts Here. was released in June on Nabroc 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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