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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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Sunday, December 07, 2014

CD Review: Jim Rattigan/Thomas Gould/Liam Noble - Triplicity

Jim Rattigan (French Horn); Thomas Gould (violin); Liam Noble (piano).
(Review by Lance).
I took one look at the press release for this disc and relegated it to the pending tray. I mean to say, French horn, violin and piano - what will they be trying to palm off on us next as jazz? Then, in a weak moment, I said to myself, "WTF I'll give it a spin - nothing else in the pending tray appeals and, with Liam Noble on piano, it can't be all bad.
Truth is - it's all very good!

Rattigan, gets a great sound, almost like a valve trombone but cooler, drier. As emotive as all but the most laid back flugel player this to me is a revelation! Why haven't there been more jazz improvising French hornists? Admittedly the nature of a rotary valve instrument precludes, I would guess, the dazzling flights of fantasy favoured by trumpet players. This isn't a drawback or a hindrance - quite the contrary - it enables the player to choose notes and phrases carefully without covering up a paucity of ideas with bravura flashes of technique.
With players like Rattigan around, the French Horn could soon no longer be just a "Miscellaneous Instrument" but one worthy of a category of it's own.
Violin too was once a "Misc. Inst." Grappelli, Luc Ponty and others moved it out of the doldrums and ensured the instrument had its own distinctive identity in jazz circles. Gould carries on the tradition of his musical forebears - and he can swing too - even if his tone could be fuller, the ideas are there. Horn and fiddle combine brilliantly both in the ensembles and in their challenging solos. Complementing and contradicting each other in the finest musical terms.
This is a jazz record but it is also damn close to being a contemporary classical work too - genres? Who needs them?!
I haven't mentioned Liam Noble - my middle name is Remiss! - Without bass and drums, Noble is the link between the genres. The harmonic foundation he lays down beneath the other two ensures the fluidity of the music and, of course, it goes without saying his solos are no less than what we'd expect from one of the UK's top keyboard men!.
Why haven't I been listening to this non-stop since it was released? Change my middle name from Remiss to Procrastinator.
It's quite wonderful..
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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