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Howard Riley: “When I started out playing jazz back in the late 50s, early 60s, if you wanted a gig you had to learn some standards.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Eric Harland: “I love swing and I’m always going to swing but I also know that you can take a hip-hop groove and improvise with that just like you would with a swing pattern.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Today Saturday April 29

Afternoon

1pm: Dean Stockdale Trio. 2:30pm: Abbie Finn Quartet 4pm: Rick Laughlin Trio - Quakerhouse, Mechanics’ Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 01325 245052. 1:00-5:00pm. Free (donations).

Evening

Dave O’Higgins with Durham Alumni Big Band - Majestic Theatre, Bondgate, Darlington DL3 7JT. Support set by Durham County Youth Big Band (7:15pm). £12.00. (+ concs).

Late night jam session - Quakerhouse, Mechanics’ Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 01325 245052.10:30pm. Free.

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Ruby Turner - Alnwick Playhouse. 7:30pm. £21.00. & £20.00.

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Fever & Friends - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE333 3NG. 7:30pm. £12.00. 0191 454234.

Bradley Johnston (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.

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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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