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Bebop Spoken There

Jackie McLean: “I can't understand British audiences. In Britain there doesn't seem to be any curiosity." (Melody Maker, April 1, 1961).

Charles Mingus: "It seems to me that if our records were not issued in Britain, the British cats would have to think for themselves" (Jazz News, July 26th 1961)

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Today Wednesday July 26

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.
Jo Harrop & Joel Byrne McCullough - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 7:30pm. No cover charge. 7:30pm. 0191 2399924
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Saturday, November 12, 2016

CD Review: Brandi Disterheft - Blue Canvas


Brandi Disterheft (bs/cello/vcl); Harold Mabern (pno); Joe Farnsworth (dms).
(Review by Lance).
To my shame, I was unaware of Ms. Disterheft even though this is her fourth album  on Justin Time Records [get it?]. The vocalist/bassist/cellist has  been referred to as "handling her bass violin with as much visceral audacity as Mingus once did", whilst Oscar Peterson said of her, "She is what we call serious".
So, no lightweight.
However, the heavyweight here is Harold Mabern - the pianist has, probably, been on more gigs and albums than the other two combined - three times over.
Now 80 year old, he is still [quote] Tinkling the ivories with soulful panache. Tinkling them? He's making them so much a part of him he's likely to grow a trunk and become prey to a bounty hunter. We pray not. I don't know how many legendary jazz pianists are still around but, on this performance, they're all fighting for second place.
This is not to take anything away from Brandi, the jury may still be out re Mingus but she's a damn fine bassist and certainly sings better than Mingus.
In the liner notes, Brandi explores the Divine Madness, as philosophized by Plato, depicting how Gods and Goddesses would lead the artist into a state of ecstasy.
By this time, I'd made a paper airplane out of the notes, closed my eyes and enjoyed a superb trio album without any divine madness.
Dis Here (Hendricks/Timmons): The trio set their stall out and it's quality merchandise. Where has Mabern been hiding?
Prelude to the Crippling Thrill (Disterheft): Unaccompanied double bass - maybe Brandi does have some of Mingus' visceral audacity!
Crippling Thrill (Disterheft); The lady can sing!
Beehive (Mabern): Mabern's tune, previously recorded with Lee Morgan 46 years ago. provides  a workout for Farnsworth. The pair have gigged together for the past 25 years so, needless to say, they've got it right. 
Daahoud (C.Brown); Mabern treats the Clifford Brown classic as a ballad with touches of Teddy Wilson and Errol Garner thrown into the mix and Brandi plays a bass solo that didn't do any harm at all.
Blue Canvas (Disterheft): The second vocal. This lady could make it with, or without the bass, as a singer, composer and lyricist although I hope she sticks with all her options!
George's Dilemma (C.Brown): Another Brown classic and Farnsworth's let loose.
When the Mood is Right (Disterheft): A further string to her bow - in this case a cello string. I guess it will be viola next.
Our Delight (Dameron); Back to bass, weaving expertly around Dameron's great lines. As Oscar said, "Serious". Mabern also gets back into the game with a fine solo and some salty exchanges with Farnsworth.
Willow Weep For me (Ronell): Brandi gave the Ronnell (Gershwin?) tune a workout before Mabern trumped her (that phrase is now passé) with a fantastic solo that led into a fade-out ending.
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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