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Bebop Spoken There

Alan Luff: “The general view is that Ella’s songbook recordings are the supreme exemplars of sophistication, fine diction and creative voice in the wide field of popular music.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

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).

Today Wednesday May 24

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £5.
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Saturday, August 09, 2014

CD Review: Grand Fatilla - Global Shuffle

Roberto Cassan (accordion); Matt Glover (electric mandolin); Fabio Pirozzolo (percussion, voice); Mike Rivard (double bass, sintir); also Claudio Ragazzi (acoustic and 12 string guitars, cuatro puertorriqueno); Christian Cassan (additional percussion)
(Review by Ann Alex).
Lance said ‘You’ll love this CD’ and he certainly wasn’t wrong, though I still don’t know what a ‘cuatro puertorrqueno’ is.  It sounds like a Spanish medicine.  The sintir is apparently a 3-stringed bass lute, so think Medieval for that one.  Anyway this is a humdinger of great listening, a whirl of world sounds, encompassing Bulgarian dance song, Moroccan chaabi grooves, Italian folk ballads and slinky tango rhythms.  Not jazz as such, but some tracks have what sound like improvised solos, so why worry about classifying it, the music is superb.
It begins with a lively Cigansko Oro, a Balkan dance tune with percussion, rousing accordion, shifting time signatures, ending with accordion playing in 7/8 time, then comes Five Of Swords, featuring the sintir.  Alla Carpinese  starts with a bass solo, followed by mandolin and a traditional song with  Castanets.  Bebe features a melody with descending riffs and (I think) improvised solos from the band; Sandansko Oro, a Bulgarian dance, gradually builds tension and speed; Milonga Para Lucia is a sort of slow tango where chimes of music are overlaid by an accordion tune, with whistling to round off the track.  Fracanapa is another tango, this time with a ‘dragging’ effect in the music.  (A fracanapa is a Venetian mask.)  My favourite track 11 Southern Italian Medley is a combination of 2 songs, a haunting shepherd’s song sung over a drone, and a fast song which is meant to cure the listener of the effects of a bite from the tarantella spider.  I’m not sure if the cure worked but the music does, with effective percussion. 12 tracks in all, many lasting more than 7 minutes, providing good value.
Although Grand Fatilla have been performing for over 6 years, this is their debut album, which was recorded live in an old church which is now used as a studio.  You can see the band at the CD release party on September 4 but you will have to go to Cambridge MA, USA. See also www.grandfatilla.com 
Ann Alex.

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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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