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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).

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Bebop Spoken Here is currently listed at number 22 in the WORLD JAZZ BLOG Rankings!

Today Friday May 26

Afternoon
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Paul Wilkinson - St. Nicholas Cathedral, St. Nicholas Square, Newcastle NE1 1PF. 1:05pm. Retiring collection.
Mark Williams/Joel Byrne McCullough - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Ruth Lambert Quartet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm, £7 (£6 in advance.)
Hand to Mouth (Lindsay Hannon/Bradley Johnston) - High Friars Lane (Tyneside Cinema), Free, al fresco, 8pm. food and drink available.
?????????? - Billy Bootleggers - 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8pm. Free.
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Imelda May - Sage Gateshead. 7pm. £38.20/£27.30 VIP Option £104.
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Strictly Smokin' Big Band - Ushaw College, nr. Durham. 7:30pm. £7.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.
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Friday, December 16, 2016

CD Review: Peter Kavanaugh - Look For the Silver Lining

Peter Kavanaugh (guitar); DJ Bonebrake (vibes - drums 1 track); Jonathan Dane (trumpet - 3 tracks); Kyle O'Donnell (sax - 2 tracks); Jervier Vergara (sax - 1 track); David Tobocman (piano - 2 tracks); Paul Eckman (bass); Mark San Filippo (drums - 8 tracks).
(Review by Lance.)
What can I say? Impeccably played, a choice selection of standards, not a chord or a note out of place, just about as perfect a disc as you could get for that dinner party, that intimate tete-a-tete where you want the music to suit the mood but not to intrude.
It's more than easy-listening and certainly not elevator music but it doesn't quite light the blue touchpaper.
Last year I reviewed Kavanaugh's album, Whisper Not which, I felt, had a little more punch. Don't get me wrong this is still a fine album that, in many ways, reminds us that there is still a west coast/east coast divide [jazzwise] in the USA.
Having said all that, it will still, most likely, be the one I'm playing as I slice the venison on Christmas Day - well I could hardly play Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer with a clear conscience!
Look For the Silver Lining; East of the Sun; It's a Raggy Waltz; Sunny; Let's Fall in Love; I Didn't Know What Time it Was; La Rosita; Our Day Will Come; Blue and Then You.
A fine selection although I would hardly call East of the Sun a 'lesser known standard' and, only knowing Our Day Will Come from Matt Monro, I'd hardly call it an 'R & B' gem although a gem it certainly is - One of Bob Hilliard's.
Perfect music to relax to, maybe a little dancing and, afterward, maybe...
Listen.
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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