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Bebop Spoken There

Eubie Blake: “He [Willie The Lion Smith] played some tricky rhythms, if he'd seen them written down, he'd have said "Oh I couldn't play that", but he played them!” – (DownBeat May 24, 1973).

Mel Lewis: “They [kids] think the word "technique" means speed. The word "technique" just means the way you do something, that's all.” – (DownBeat July 19. 1973).

Today Saturday April 21


Afternoon

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Hardwick Arms Hotel, 1 North End, Sedgefield TS21 2AZ. Tel: 01740 622305. 1:30pm. Free.

Evening


Pocket Dragon - Empty Shop, 35c Framwellgate Bridge, Durham. DH1 4SJ. 7:30pm. £7.00. (£5.00. advance).

Ubunye - BURC, Main Street, Spittal TD15 1RD. Tel: 07752 403409. 7:30pm. £8.00. (£5.00. child, £22.00. family).


Groove-a-matics @ Magnesia Bank, Camden Street, North Shields NE30 1NH. 9:00pm. Free.

The Hookahs - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson Street, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

To the be
st of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

CD Review: The Mark Zaleski Band - Days, Months, Years.

Mark Zaleski alto & soprano saxes, bass. Jon Bean tenor sax. Glenn Zaleski piano & Wurlizer. Mark Cocheo guitar Oscar Suchanek drums. Danny Weller bass (track 6).
(Review by Dave Brownlow.)
This CD release showcases the talents of a group of six musicians who’ve worked together for eleven years without major changes in personnel – a rare situation in the world of jazz today. The second unusual fact about the CD is that the leader plays both saxophone and double bass (NOT at the same time of course!) through the wonders of modern technology – over-dubbing. Mark Zalesky plays alto or soprano sax on all tracks, AND bass on five tracks while regular bassist on “live” gigs Danny Weller, appears on one track. What started about eight years ago - tinkering with a bass as a hobby – has resulted into a situation where Mark Zaleski is accomplished on all three of his instruments and gets calls for gigs with many of the U.S. big names either on bass or sax. As an Educator, Mark has also taught at three Colleges and is also a fine arranger and composer.
Mark In The Park is an original by Mark which has something of the sound of the “Blue Note” label hard-bop feel to it. A well planned theme statement soon gives way to the altoist’s strong solo over his own firm bass lines. An interesting segment follows with drums to the fore over a hypnotic piano/bass sub-theme leading to a final flourish .Cerina also an original, begins with alto and tenor saxes in an unaccompanied improvisation leading to a ‘Latin’ tinged ensemble passage and a powerful, somewhat frantic guitar solo. A tenor solo follows which slowly builds atmospherically (nice to hear someone not totally in thrall to Coltrane!) and a short reprise of the theme.
The title track Days, Months, Years includes cleverly-arranged segments from the piano, a vigorous tenor sax then bass, leading to a quiet conclusion. The leader always uses his resources well with details and sound musicianship. Monk’s Epistrophy follows in a brand-new arrangement where Mark completely re-thinks the great jazz standard. A ‘stormy’ guitar solo over Wurlitzer keyboard backing leads to a surprisingly abrupt ending.
Katie’s Song (written as a dedication to a child-hood friend killed far too young in a car accident) has the leader on soprano in a performance which begins in ballad tempo then moves into a section where the sax wails expressively and excitingly over a rocking, funky backbeat. Katie must have been quite somebody ….! 
Finally, Charlie Parker’s Big Foot is played at half the tempo of the original, giving it a surreal quality to anyone who knows Bird’s recording on ‘Dial’. This track features regular bassist Danny Weller who delivers a virtuoso solo leading to a coruscating, bluesy outing from the leader well away in style from Charlie’s own conception.
Overall, a thoughtful album from a very capable group with nods to the past and the future.
CD available now from www.markzaleskimusic.com
Dave.

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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.
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