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Howard Riley: “When I started out playing jazz back in the late 50s, early 60s, if you wanted a gig you had to learn some standards.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Eric Harland: “I love swing and I’m always going to swing but I also know that you can take a hip-hop groove and improvise with that just like you would with a swing pattern.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Today Saturday April 29

Afternoon

1pm: Dean Stockdale Trio. 2:30pm: Abbie Finn Quartet 4pm: Rick Laughlin Trio - Quakerhouse, Mechanics’ Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 01325 245052. 1:00-5:00pm. Free (donations).

Evening

Dave O’Higgins with Durham Alumni Big Band - Majestic Theatre, Bondgate, Darlington DL3 7JT. Support set by Durham County Youth Big Band (7:15pm). £12.00. (+ concs).

Late night jam session - Quakerhouse, Mechanics’ Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 01325 245052.10:30pm. Free.

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Ruby Turner - Alnwick Playhouse. 7:30pm. £21.00. & £20.00.

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Fever & Friends - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE333 3NG. 7:30pm. £12.00. 0191 454234.

Bradley Johnston (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.

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Monday, March 13, 2017

CD Review: Jason Anick & Jason Yeager - United

Jason Anick (violin/mandolin); Jason Yeager (piano) + (on various tracks) - Greg Loughman (bass); Mike Connors (drums); John Lockwood (bass); Jerry Leake (perc.); Jason Palmer (trumpet); Clay Lyons (alto); George Garzone (tenor). 
(Review by Lance).
Anick and Yeager, now fellow Berklee instructors, have collaborated musically since their teenage years. That they have a natural empathy shows here - the chemistry is there. Anick can certainly swing on those occasions where it's demanded as well doing a little contemporary probing. Yeager is the ideal sparring partner/confidante in the manner of Brubeck and Desmond all those years ago. Feeding each other lines, drawing mutual inspiration musical soulmates.

For me, the icing on the cake is the tracks augmented by one or other of the horn players. The third Jason (Palmer) is particularly impressive on Harlem Hoedown, Clay Lyons shines on the appropriately named Bird's Eye View and Garzone flies on Turbulent Power. Most of the compositions are by either of the co-leaders with the exceptions being George Harrison's Something where Anick manages to coax some appealing sounds from his mandolin, so much so, it sounds more like a guitar - I wonder, did he do away with the double strings? The album concludes with the ubiquitous All Blues.
Special mention of Yeager's homage to Billy Strayhorn in the lyrical Sweet Pea I doubt if even Duke could have done it better! Joshua Redman is also honoured with Anick's Well Red.
All in all, an enjoyable album .it won't make the car stereo but neither will it be dispatched to the Oxfam Shop.
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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