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Danny Halperin: "Johnny Griffin is possibly the worst tenor saxophonist who has come to widespread public attention in the past decade." – (Jazz News, March 21, 1962).

Polly Gibbons: “If Billie [Holiday] had come up in the ’60s, she probably would have been a soul singer” – (Down Beat August 2017).

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Today Wednesday August 16

Afternoon
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Tynemouth Metro Station, Station Tce., Tynemouth NE30 4RE. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
New Orleans Jazz at the Village Hall - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.
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Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Billy's Acoustic Blues - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free (weekly).
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Tees Hot Club - Cleveland Bay, 718 Yarm Rd., Eaglescliffe TS16 0JE. 9pm. Free.
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Tuesday, August 05, 2014

CD Review: Dave Kain - Raising Kain.

Dave Kain (gtr); Thomson Kneeland (bs); Joe Abba (dms).
(Review by Lance).
An unfamiliar name to me, Berklee student and recipient of a bachelors degree in jazz improvisation from Five Towns College of Music, Long Island, Kain impresses with this, his first trio album.
Playing original material, the guitarist displays sensitivity and a lyricism normally associated with longer, more established names. Reflective and thoughtful, this is music to devour whilst languishing in the shade. Even the up-tempo swingers are relaxed such is the warmth of his playing.
On drums, Abba is indeed a Super Trouper soloing and supporting, sympathetically contributing to the ambiance of the album. Likewise, bassist Kneeland adds his own brand of melodic and harmonic awareness to the mix. 
Previous albums include Citizen Kain, No Pain No Kain - what's the odds the next one will be Sugar Kain?
A disc for those who like to hear jazz guitar sans pedals.   
Dave Kain - Raising Kain  was released in June on Stop Time 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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