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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.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

CD Review: Phil Robson - The Immeasurable Code.

Phil Robson (gtr); Mark Turner (ten/sop); Gareth Lochrane (flutes/picc);  Michael Janisch (bs); Ernesto Simpson (dms).
Recorded live during their inaugural tour in January this year, Phil Robson - The Immeasurable Code is a vibrant, outstanding, record of that tour. So the press release says and, although I didn't catch them on the tour, listening to the CD it is hard to disagree.
Five musicians at the top of their game playing interesting originals by the leader is a recipe to suit all but the most jaded palate. The one non-original is Happy Talk from South Pacific. It works - I guess great musicians have the ability to produce the goods from anything, even this most unlikely jazz vehicle!
As a guitarist Phil Robson can hold his head high in any company - Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano, Sir John D and Cleo, just a few of those he has worked with. Add his composing ability and it is no surprise he was awarded the 2009 Parliamentary Jazz Award as Best Jazz Musician of the Year..
Mark Turner - he cites Warne Marsh and John Coltrane as influences and, in places, it shows. The NY based saxist leans towards the former on tenor and the latter on soprano but only slightly - he is very much his own man.
Sharing the front-line, Gareth Lochrane more than holds his own with some sparkling flute work going through the whole range from bass to piccolo via alto and concert flute.
Michael Janisch - he pops up everywhere - I'm pleased to say!
Cuban drummer Ernesto Simpson is a new name to me but he has form - Herbie Hancock, Dizzy, George Benson and others. He does the business.
This is the music of today - it swings, it explores, it looks over the edge, but comes back unscathed.
Sample.
Lance.
Phil Robson - The Immeasurable Code. Whirlwind WR4620. Release date Nov. 7 2011. 
Launch Nov 15, 2011 London Jazz Festival, Purcell Room, South Bank.

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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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