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Bebop Spoken There

Ben Pollack: "The kind of people who go for the old style New Orleans jazz are the same kind of people who go in for collecting antiques." - (Down Beat May 5, 1950).

Flip Phillips: "I heard this band out in California. I think - Lu Waters, isn't it? They sure can march down the street but I wouldn't want to march with them!" - (Down Beat June 15, 1951).

Today Monday June 26

Afternoon.
Jazz in the Afternoon - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
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Tuesday, October 04, 2011

CD Review - Jeff Williams : Another Time

Another Time features a quartet of seasoned practitioners lead by the veteran American drummer Jeff Williams. The CD is Williams' first as a leader in over ten years. A former student of the great Alan Dawson and stints working with luminaries such as Dave Liebman, Lee Konitz, Joe Lovano and Kenny Wheeler confirms Williams as a front rank performer. On Another Tme he is able to call upon friends and long-time musical associates to produce a convincing recording featuring structured compositions with abundant opportunities to lay down free statements.
Search Me is the first of five Williams' compositions on the CD and it is the master percussionist who leads the way. John Herbert's double bass follows and in time all four players are introduced to the listener. Alto saxophonist John O'Gallagher features heavily throughout the CD, notably on She Can't Be a Spy as he mines the heritage laid down by Oliver Nelson. Trumpeter Duane Eubanks, a sideman to Dave Holland, offers a reflective solo on his own composition Purple, Blue and Red. Bassist Herbert contributes a tune - Fez - on which there is excellent ensemble work, fizzing alto and constantly shifting drum patterns. O'Gallagher's ballad Go Where You're Watching is a sensitive tune, beautifully scored with composer and Eubanks prominent. The title track - Another Time - closes a most accomplished CD.
Anorther Time is released on 10 October 2011 on Whirlwind Recordings (WR4616). The album launch in London is on 18 November. It should be noted that the London date features Williams with a UK line-up. The quartet on the CD recording can be heard live at the 2012 Cheltenham Jazz Festival.
Russell

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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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