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Bebop Spoken There

Danny Gatton: "I was tired of playing in beer joints. I wanted to do something tangible like building cars. But once you do music it gets into your blood. You can get away from it for awhile but sooner or later it comes back to you." - (Down Beat April 1991).

Tal Farlow: "There were times when I would stop [playing guitar] and do sign painting." - (Downbeat December 5, 1963)

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Today Monday August 21

Radio
Radio 3: Jazz Now. Live from Pizza Express, Soweto Kinch featuring Andy Sheppard/Carla Bley/Steve Swallow. 11pm.
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Afternoon.
Jazz in the Afternoon - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
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Thursday, December 08, 2016

CD Review: Chicago Stompers - Sing...It's Good for You!

(Review by Lance)
The philological use of vintage musical instruments, instrumentation, and inspired period clothes, together with a unique, peppy and sparkling show, is the most distinctive feature of this ensemble, which has already tread the boards of the most important “classic jazz” events in the world
So reads the words on the band’s website. As this young Italian band played at Whitley Bay in 2008/2009, who’s going to argue?
The music covers the period circa 1924 - 1934. Jazz? Hot Dance Music? A mixture of both. They do it well although one asks the question, as has been asked elsewhere recently, why? Why do musicians, many under 30, elect to play music from their grandparent’s era? Why indeed? One could pose the same question as to why musicians play Beethoven rather than Stockhausen or John Cage or actors play Shakespeare. Answer is simple – art is timeless. Do it your way and to hell with fashion!
Getting back to the Chicago Stompers, There are moments here that are reminiscent of early Ellington, Fletcher Henderson as well as Goldkette and Whiteman. They do it well with lots of hot choruses – are Bix, Tram, the Dorseys etc. really dead or did they become reincarnated in Italy? – and, with vocals in the manner of Ruth [Etting] or Annette [Hanshaw], this will keep you going until the next gig by the New Century Ragtime Orchestra
Don’t look for any flatted-fifths, roll back the carpet, call you’re number one flapper, and polish up your shimmy. Then, afterward, you and your flapper could just sit back and relax with cups of gin from the bathtub.
Lance.

2 comments :

  1. Shimmy? Black Bottom? Booty Shake? Whatever your dancing style, groove yourself silly with this young Italian band! The CD can be ordered direct from them - email ......

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    1. that's email at info@chicagostompers.it .....

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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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