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Hugh Masekela: “I advise every kid to check out their past because without a past you are in limbo.” (Songlines December 2017)

Leo Richardson: “I think your image is really important. You look at those old Blue Note recordings and you look at the liner note, the booklet and they’re in the studio and they’re wearing shirt and ties. They used to wear suits all the time.” – (Jazzwise December 2017/January 2018)

Submissions for review

Whilst we appreciate the many emails, texts, messages and other communications we receive requesting album/gig reviews on BSH, regrettably, we are unable to reply to them all other than those we are able to answer with a positive response.
Similarly, CDs received by post will only be considered if accompanied by sufficient background material.
Finally, bear in mind that this is a jazz-based site when submitting your album.
Lance

Today Monday December 18

Afternoon

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 NE30 4QS. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Monday Music Appreciation Social - Cumberland Arms, James Place St, Byker, Newcastle NE6 1LD. 8:30pm. Free. Duke Ellington: The Nutcracker Suite. CD played in full, in the bar.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

CD Review (belated). Marian McPartland Trio w. Chris Potter - In My Life

I'm walkin' along, mindin' my business in Jarrow's Viking Shopping Centre when fate decides I should pop into the Marie Curie shop to pick up a James Patterson book - there's always one! I deliberately avoid looking at the CDs knowing that I have a floor to ceiling pile of albums awaiting review. Unfortunately, I do sneak a glance and what do I see? - a Marian McPartland Concord CD - In My Life - with Chris Potter blowing sax!
James Patterson is forgotten, he'll be there next week, Marian might not!
A 1993 Concord recording with Gary Mazzaroppi on bass and Glenn Davis on drums and the aforementioned Potter wailing on both alto and tenor this is the late First Lady of Jazz at her finest.
A beautiful reflective player who can also kick ass when the chips are down. The rhythm section goes with her all the way and Potter slots in easily. Marian recalls hearing him when he was 15. "We've got to get him together with Woody Herman" she raved enthusiastically. His father shook his head and said, "Not until he's left school".
He'd certainly left school by the time of this recording!
If BSH had been going in 1993 this would have been my Disc of the Year.
Tracks: Groove Yard  (Carl Perkins); In My Life ( Lennon & McCartney); In the Days of Our Love (M. McP); Red Planet ( Coltrane); What's New? (Haggart); Gone With the Wind; Close Your Eyes; For Dizzy (M. McP); Moon and Sand (Alec Wilder); Naima (Coltrane); Velas; Ramblin' (Ornette); Singin' the Blues.
The latter tune was in memory of husband Jimmy and, of course, his idol - Bix.
It's a beautiful record. I've long advocated Marian as a front runner and this English lady could hold her own with any of her contemporaries.
The best James Patterson book I never bought!
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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