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Bebop Spoken There

Danny Gatton: "I was tired of playing in beer joints. I wanted to do something tangible like building cars. But once you do music it gets into your blood. You can get away from it for awhile but sooner or later it comes back to you." - (Down Beat April 1991).

Tal Farlow: "There were times when I would stop [playing guitar] and do sign painting." - (Downbeat December 5, 1963)

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Today Monday August 21

Radio
Radio 3: Jazz Now. Live from Pizza Express, Soweto Kinch featuring Andy Sheppard/Carla Bley/Steve Swallow. 11pm.
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Afternoon.
Jazz in the Afternoon - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
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Friday, September 13, 2013

CD Review: Mike Jones Trio - Plays Well With Others.

Mike Jones (pno); Mike Gurrola (bs); Jeff Hamilton (dms).
The world hasn't gone mad - not when there are records like this around! This is simply the best piano record I've heard since the heyday of Oscar Peterson. Strong words I know but it is so refreshing to hear a pianist who draws from the classic repertoire rather than his own compositions although Jones does have a couple of his own pieces included.
Box Viewing Blues and Obscuro Blues. Fine, but it is what he does with tunes such as Besame Mucho, Harold Adamson's It's a Wonderful World - not to be confused with the tune Satchmo was associated with - this is a swinging number that is as good as any song with wonderful in the title and better than many that don't! - a sensitive Detour Ahead, a rockin' I'm Walkin', I'm Old Fashioned and maybe I am but I love to hear a pianist who recognises that a piano has 88 notes and who uses them with both hands. This is an impossible record to review other than to say go out and buy ten copies because you'll wear the other nine out very quickly.
And if you still have any doubts, let me remind you that Jeff Hamilton's on drums. - he could swing an elephant in a phone booth!
Still not convinced? then listen to the bass lines that Gurrola puts down!
This is my record of the year unless the deaths of Tatum, Garner and Peterson have been greatly exaggerated.
Where have you been hiding Mike? - I see, Vegas huh? Well look, if you ever come to the UK we'd love to hear you at one of the jazz bars in Newcastle...I might pay a visit to my local bookie joint (betting shop) to try and make it possible... .
Mike Jones Trio - Plays Well With Others is available on Capri Records from Sept. 17.
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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