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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 Wednesday May 24

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £5.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, April 24, 2017

CD Review: Louis Sclavis, Dominique Pifarely and Vincent Courtois - Asian Fields Variations .

Louis Sclavis (clarinets), Dominique Pifarely (violin), Vincent Courtois (cello).
(Review by Steve T).
What ECM do consistently well is mix Jazz with classical music and this is no exception, but rather than being Jazz with a hint of classical, it's more classical with a bit of Jazz, particularly on Asian Fields, with impressive solos on clarinet and violin, though this is by no means stronger than the rest of the album.
Arriving at Jazz through Black American Music, my interest in classical music is minimal, restricted to a few composers, though French composers are amongst my favourites, and generally an orchestra rather than a smaller ensemble. Clarinet, violin and cello suggests chamber music but Sclavis claims there's more to it than that and I tend to agree.
The three of them have played together as duos, a trio and part of larger ensembles since 1987. As a trio they re-launched in 2015 at the Vaulx Jazz Festival near Lyon, indicating that Jazz is viewed very differently on the continent as much as the eclecticism of Jazz Festivals nowadays.
The album is consistently good throughout, a view shared by my various passengers through its regulation three spins, but I doubt I'll pull it out again, which doesn't have to be a bad thing.
If this is how you like your Jazz, or for that matter your classical, it's been out since March.
Steve T.
Hugh's link (see comments).

2 comments :

  1. Nice review, Steve. IIRC, Lance gave me one of his CDs to review a few years ago - sounds in a similar vein. I was listening recently to last weeks "Jazz Now" on catch-up and in an interview John Etheridge made some interesting comments regarding the ECM sound. You can catch it here http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08mdcj4 at about 59:30

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  2. Thanks Hugh, I'll give it a listen. Number one wife may or may not let me go to see Etheridge with Soft Machine this sat (make no mistake, I'm the boss). Should be interesting with the recent death of another one time Softs guitarist Allan Holdsworth.
    I've seen Etheridge doing Zappa, Django and Hendrix with Nigel Kennedy and classical with John Williams so he's pretty versatile.
    Last time I saw another great British guitarist - Jim Mullen - he was less than complimentary about ECM.

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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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