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Bebop Spoken There

Don Rendell: “The public...complain of a lack of modern jazz in their area and then don't support it when it arrives." - (Melody Maker, May 5th 1962)

Ronnie Scott: "People are just not prepared to sit and listen to jazz during the week." (Melody Maker, July 21st 1962)

Today Thursday July 20

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., nr. Newcastle NE27 0DA. 1:oopm. Free.
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Evening.
Sarathy Korwar Quintet - Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre, 59 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SG. 8pm. £10. (£8 conc.).JNE gig.
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Tyne Valley Big Band + Tyne Valley Youth Big Band + Tyne Valley Junior Jazz Ensemble -Phoenix Bar, Chisholm Place, Hexham. 6pm (Collection).
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Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter's Wheel, Sunniside NE16 5EE, 8:30pm. Free.
Screamin' Miss Jackson & the Slap Ya Mama Big Band - The Schooner, South Shore Rd., Gateshead. 8:30pm. Free.
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Tees Hot Club w. James Harrison (piano); Richie Emmerson (tenor); Ray Dales (alto) - Dormans, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Free. 9pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, March 06, 2017

CD Review: Jeff Rupert & Richard Drexler - Imagination.

Jeff Rupert (tenor); Richard Drexler (piano).
(Review by Lance).
What a gem! Why did I procrastinate? Superb tenor, piano playing on a par.
Recorded live at Timucua Arts White House in Orlando, Fl back in June 2015 the music just flows. Tenor and piano gel supporting and feeding off each other. It's no surprise that, presumably when he was very young, both Mel Tormé and Maynard Ferguson laid high praise on Jeff Rupert and praise from those two doesn't come much higher. Drexler played piano with the Woody Herman Band for 20 years as well as playing bass in the trios of Kenny Drew Jr., and Dick Hyman - not a bad CV (he's also a faculty member of the University of Central Florida's acclaimed jazz studies program, along with Rupert).
Tonally, Jeff Rupert is Getzian rather than Coltranic but, hey, there's room for both whilst Drexler is that kind of pianist, a man for all seasons, a bit like the late Hank Jones. Give him the gig, he'll do it and probably better than anyone else in contention.
With the exception of Rupert's composition My Mistress' Eyes (based on a Shakespearian sonnet) the music is based around a choice selection of gas book/jazz book material which, in these days of "you've gotta play originals" is, at least in the UK, practically a hanging offence!
Without a Song (Vincent Youmans); I Can't Help It (Stevie Wonder); Snowfall (Claude Thornhill); Strange Meadowlark (Dave Brubeck); Imagination (Jimmy Van Heusen); A Felicidade (Jobim); My Mistress' Eyes (Jeff Rupert); Soul Eyes (Mal Waldron). 
I'm going to be playing this on the car stereo - BSH's equivalent of a Grammy nomination.
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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