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Bebop Spoken There

Frank Zappa: "There was so much acid during the '60s that it was very easy for large numbers of people to think they had seen God as soon as the Beatles went boom, boom, boom, you know?." - (DownBeat May 18, 1978). – (DownBeat May 18, 1978).

Ryan Keberle: “Don't be easy on yourself when it comes to playing with perfect intonation. All other instruments will be playing with close-to-perfect intonation; the same should be expected of trombonists.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Saturday March 24


Dave Donohoe Band - St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Larchfield Street, Darlington DL3 7TG. 12:30pm.

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Hardwick Arms Hotel, 1 North End, Sedgefield TS21 2AZ. Tel: 01740 622305. 1:30pm. Free.


Ladies of Midnight Blue - Live Theatre, Broad Chare, Newcastle NE1 3DQ. Tel: 0191 232 1232. 8:00pm. £12.00. (advance). Hannabiell, Yilis & co. Jumpin’ Hot Club gig.

Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra -Scarth Memorial Hall, Staindrop, Co Durham DL2 3JL. Tel: 01388 660786. 8:00pm. £9.00., £5.00. child.

Tyne Valley Big Band - TORCH Centre, Corbridge Road, Hexham NE46 1QS. 7:30pm.

Billy Bootleggers All Star Band - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Thursday, August 29, 2013

CD Review: Stefano Bollani/Hamilton de Holanda - O Que Será

Stefano Bollani (pno); Hamilton de Holanda (bandolim).
(Review by Lance).
I approached this one cautiously, the way one circles uncertainly around a piece of unattended luggage in a busy rail station. Was this going to be some Italian/Brazilian axis seeking world domination by defeating all the musical values we have treasured over the years?
Thankfully not.
This dynamic duo may well have reshaped some territory but it is as much a friendly invasion of the European classical tradition as it is of the shores of jazz and, in a sense, transcends genre so let's just call it music and pdg music at that!
I detect a sense of Schumann or Liszt's romanticism in the playing of Bollani. The Italian pianist  is explorative at times as well as being capable of virtuoso flourishes at others. Imagine Scott Joplin on Speed after listening to Keith Jarrett!
Holando plays the bandolim - an instrument relatively unknown in jazz or classical circles. It is in fact a 10 string mandolin but doesn't sound like one. In Brazil it's just one of the many instruments rarely heard outside.
Both musicians converse, coerce,  and conceive a a beautiful musical child
It's a gem to listen to again and again. Particularly impressive are the contrapuntal moments the duo share. Each pursuing individual yet sympathetic lines. It may be fugue-al but as regards notes its certainly not frugal!
Another one to consider - love it. Has ECM changed or have I!?
Stefano Bollani/Hamilton de Holanda - O Que Será released on August 26 on ECM 374 0459.

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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.)
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