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Bebop Spoken There

Howard Riley: “When I started out playing jazz back in the late 50s, early 60s, if you wanted a gig you had to learn some standards.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Eric Harland: “I love swing and I’m always going to swing but I also know that you can take a hip-hop groove and improvise with that just like you would with a swing pattern.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Today Sunday April 30

All Day.
Darlington Jazz Festival - details.
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International Jazz Day - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. From 2pm 'til late. Free - details.
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Strictly Smokin' Small Band - Gateshead Beer and Music Festival - Gateshead RFC, Eastwood Gdns., Low Fell NE9 5UB. £12 admission to beer festival. Band play 1:45pm - 2:35pm.
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Afternoon.
Joel Byrne McCullough - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
Evening
Nick Ross Orchestra (Glenn Miller) - Forum Theatre, Queensway, Billingham. 7:30pm. £22 (£20.50 conc.).
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

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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