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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 Tuesday May 23

Evening
Davina & the Vagabonds - Sage Gateshead. 8pm. £18.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
Zoe Gilby: Pannonica - The Fox Inn, West End Tce., Hexham NE46 3DB. Free. 9pm.
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Tuesday, November 08, 2016

CD Review: Ken Schaphorst - How to Say Goodbye


(Review by Lance).
Schaphorst, a hotshot at New England Conservatory's Jazz Studies Dept., pays tribute to some of his most profound influences.
These include Herb Pomeroy. Like Schaphorst, one of the great jazz educationalists and a fine trumpet player, is remembered in the Ellingtonian feel of Blues For Herb with tenorist Donny McCaslin indicating why he's in everyone's black gig book.
Bob Brookmeyer is remembered in  Take Back the Country which was  inspired by Brookmeyer's controversial views on the 2000 presidential election although, looking back, today's pier six brawl makes that look like a pillow fight!
There is more, much more. A tribute to Schaphorst's grandmother who died at the age of 90 - Amnesia - was also inspired by Argentinian tango master Astor Piazzolla.
For a taster, check out: 
https://soundcloud.com/bk-music-pr/how-to-say-goodbye-ken-schaphorst. 
Due out on December 2 via JCA Recordings.
Lance
Ken Schaphorst (tpt/Rhodes); Michael Thomas (alt/sop/clt); Jeremy Udden (alt); Donny McCaslin, Chris Cheek (ten); Brian Landrus (bar/bs clt); Tony Kadlek, Dave Ballou, John Carlson, Ralph Alessi (tpt/flug); Luis Bonilla, Jason Jackson, Curtis Hasselbring (tmb); Jennifer Wharton (bs tmb); Uri Caine (pno); Brad Shepik (gtr); Jay Anderson (bs); Matt Wilson (dms); Jerry Leake (perc).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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