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Howlin' Wolf: “He [Charlie Patton] was a nice guy, but he just loved the bottle--like all the rest of the musicians. He was a great drinker.” – (DownBeat December 16, 1967).

Frank Zappa: “Those kids [US students] wouldn't know music if it came up and bit 'em on the ass.” – (DownBeat October 3, 1969).

Today Thursday April 26

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Tees Valley Jazzmen - No.1 Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL12 7NJ. Tel: 01388 665533. 12:30pm. Free admission.

Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society - Gateshead Central Library, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead NE8 4LN. 5:00pm. Fortnightly meetings, all welcome.

Evening

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Millstone, Haddrick’s Mill Road, South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 1QL. 0191 2853229. 7pm.

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Holywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. 8:30pm. Free.

Bearpark Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £3 (£2 student/MU.).

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

Tees Hot Club w. Kevin Eland (tpt); Donna Hewitt (sax); Graham Thompson (keys) - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9pm. Free.

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

Sunday, April 01, 2018

CD Review: Flying Horse Big Band - The Bat Swings

(Review by Lance)
The Flying Horse Big Band comprises students on the University of Central Florida's Jazz Studies program and this is their fifth album under the direction of Bruce Wayne, sorry, I mean Adam West. No I don't, I mean Jeff Rupert.
Rupert has enlisted the services of arrangers Michael Philip Mossman, Mark Taylor, Harry Allen, Per Danielson to do the charts as well as chipping in with a couple himself.
The album is riddled with sound solos and that's no joke!
Batmobile to Airport, written by Nelson Riddle, and arranged by Mossman features Dautch on baritone and Hannon on tenor whilst Waszner and Herrera sock it to one of Batman's arch enemies in Batman Riddles the Riddler, another composition by Nelson Riddle (no relation!) and arranged by Mark Taylor.
Blues For Batman (composed Riddle, arranged Allen) has the caped crusader relaxing with Dautch, Young wailing on alto and some lyrical trumpet from Lakshman with Herrera playing like Big T. Any Gotham City jazz club would pay megabucks for these guys.
The action moves to another legendary crimefighter with The Spider-man Theme. Waszmer and guest Drexler up there in the mix. 
Kitka, arranged by Harry Allen, tells the story in music of Batman's infatuation and, ultimate disdain for his femme fatale. Sensuous tenor by Garcia oozes with love, Herrera's trombone sustains the mood but when D''Angelo kicks in you know the affair is over. 
Holy-Hole-in-the-Doughnut has more sensuous tenor from Garcia, this time over a bossa nova rhythm.
OMG! I've got to start watching the TV series again - are they being rerun anywhere on some obscure channel? - I'm even tapping out the rhythm of the original theme as I type!
No wonder, it's very much incorporated in Murciélago En La Cueva. Arranger Mossman adds an Afro-Cuban flair while evoking fight scenes and dramatic moments, culminating in the aforementioned theme by Neal Hefti.
Linking all the main tracks are Bat-Spins. Miniatures that segue one track into the next keeping the pace flowing like as if you were watching in your bat cave without any adverts to take away the momentum.
Amazing Grace may seem an unusual choice to finish this masterpiece with but Ira Sullivan, legendary saxophone and trumpet star, now 86, recently played a gig with the band and, as Sullivan always finishes his show with Amazing Grace, as an appreciation they included it here. Rupert himself arranged it and guitarist Waszner the featured artist. It brought the album to a sedate close after what had been a helter-skelter ride around Gotham in the Batmobile.
Holy Hot Rod! Where can I trade in my Chevvy for a Batmobile (one careful owner preferred).
Lance
Sample/buy.
Jeff Rupert (MD); Courtland Beyer, Taylor Grubbs, Aidan Lakshman, Marco Rivera (trumpets); Christian Herrera, Matt Kerr, Brian Morris, Juwan Murphy (trombones); Kristian Ray (flute), Dylan Young (altos); Andy Garcia, Dylan Hannan (tenors); Saul Dautch (baritone); Mudel Honore (piano/Hammond); Luther Burke (bass); Ryan Waszner (guitar); Gus D'Angelo (drums) + Justin Diaz (trumpet); Richard Drexler (Hammond); Jeff Moore (bongoes); Marty Morrell (vibes/congas/shaker).

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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.
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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.)
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